During the 2020 XFL season there was one team that stood out from before anyone even hit the field; the St. Louis BattleHawks. Maybe it was partially because they were the only city without an NFL franchise, but the St. Louis locals embraced the team from the very beginning giving them one of the largest following of the league.
The BattleHawks led the XFL in attendance in the shortened season, and were even on track to have over 50,000 in attendance for their week 7 matchup against the Los Angeles Wildcats.
Last week XFL co-owner Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson joined CNBC Tech Check, during which he took the chance to speak about the upcoming return of the XFL. In the segment Johnson mentions that news should be coming early next year, and specifically mentions new teams and cities.
Naturally, this led the fans to speculation on which teams would stay and which would go. The biggest concern on the internet was the possibility that the XFL would not return to St. Louis.
Well, it seems that we may have an answer… sort of…. possibly.
Former St. Louis BattleHawks guard Bruno Reagan took to Twitter to say “BattleHawks are back”.
We’ll need to wait a little bit longer until it’s made official, but it looks as if everything is on track for a BattleHawks return to STL.
Since the very beginning there have been some very vocal podcasts assuring fans that the team would be back in the mix, and kudos to the XFL STL Talk Show for following the developments throughout the year. As we ramp up towards the return, you expect a lot more news to be coming through the pipeline.
UPDATE: Since our original report we have seen some stating that the team is not officially back in St. Louis. Woodside does say that the league has been in touch with the city about using The Dome, but nothing is in writing just yet.
After this came out, a fan asked Reagan what his thoughts were on the rebuttal, and he seemed surprised. He also seemed to drop a few more pieces of potential XFL news in his response.
Reagan goes on to say that everything he’s heard has been confirmed by multiple people. Additionally, he gives us some more information on the rest of the locations.
Surprised. Everything I’ve heard I’ve confirmed with a few others. Cali and Texas locations should be a lock. Orlando and Miami possible. League wants 10 teams, might get 8 then expand after season. https://t.co/2OvpFTcttY
According to him teams in California and Texas are on the table, with Miami and Orlando in consideration for new markets. He also says that the XFL wants to expand to 10 teams, which could happen after a successful first season with an initial eight franchises.
We’re looking forward to hearing what the XFL has in store for it’s return in 2023, and we’re ready to find out where the teams will land when they they make them official.
If the BattleHawks return to St. Louis should they still play out of The Dome, or move to the new MLS stadium? Let us know down in the comments below or join the conversation on Discord.