ESPN’s acclaimed “30 For 30” series of documentaries is slated to return in February of 2017, and the trailer for their newest film – entitled ‘This Was The XFL’ – was posted to their Twitter account on Monday.
That’s right my friends. We will all get to relive the rise and fall of Vince McMahon’s insane football league just as his television “rival” Donald Trump begins his first term as the President of our great United States. What a time to be alive.
Still, while the reminder that Trump will be presiding of our government when this documentary airs is a sobering one, this deeper look inside McMahon’s short-lived and highly criticized league looks like a home run.
And despite the fact that the XFL was an undisputed failure, it still managed to create some iconic moments; some of which you will see in the trailer.
— ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) December 12, 2016
The cultural sensitivity and awareness among sports fans these days is so heightened that it’s hard to believe that something as unrelentingly exploitative as the XFL existed as recently as 15 years ago. It was everything you’d expect from a football and WWE hybrid, from the gratuitous on-the-field violence to the tawdry wrestling-inspired skits to the mostly naked cheerleaders.
It’s obvious in hindsight that the XFL was destined to fail, particularly because it arrived just as the internet was becoming ubiquitous. But as the subject of a documentary it’s fascinating.