Joe Cohen discusses his relationship with Vince McMahon.
Many may not know Joe Cohen, but the co-founder of the USA Network was inducted in the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Legacy Wing. Vince McMahon has credited Cohen for helping WWE reach the point it's at today, even inscribing "No Joe, No WWE" in his Hall of Fame ring.
Speaking to the LA Times, Cohen discussed his relationship with Vince McMahon and McMahon's vision for the rebooted XFL.
“There’s nobody better than Vince – and Vince is the indispensable part of the XFL – in putting together live television and programming,” says Cohen. “He’s instinctive and hires superb people. He challenges them. Even with XFL, one of the greatest resources will be his staff at WWE. What’s most interesting this time is while Vince is used to controlling the entire program, just as he does completely with the WWE, there’s a bit of a cultural shift to see him giving the production to the rights holder. There are pendulum swings in this business. Timing is also everything. You’ll see more diversity with this XFL. Vince watches what goes on in society and really embraces that. This will speak to the 21st century.”
The XFL is set to kick-off in 2020 following the conclusion of the NFL season.