When WWE owner, Vince McMahon, decided to enter the world of professional football with the XFL, he promised to up the raunchiness, violence and above all else, the fun - which many to this day believe has been sucked out of the NFL to appease corporate sponsors.
Known for the mad dash at the beginning of the game that replaced the traditional coin toss and scripted elements in the locker room which resembled the aforementioned antics of professional wrestling, the XFL's debut season in 2001 proved to be both its first and its last and resulted in a $70 million USD loss for its investors.
Not surprisingly, the story of its massive failure was ripe for ESPN's award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series.
Although it has come to be synonymous with the word "catastrophe," the XFL did revolutionize some of the broadcast attributes we associate with today's NFL and NBA - including cable cams, skycams and players nicknames on the back of jerseys.
This Was the XFL debuts February 2 on ESPN.