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Week 5 saw two teams the LA Xtreme (2-2) vs the struggling NY/NJ Hitmen (1-3) trying to keep pace with their first place rivals in each one's respective division. Midway through XFL season fans had already started tuning out in large numbers and by now Vince McMahon was so desperate for ratings that he concocted a stunt (you can see it on my channel) for the following week in which he would have a camera man entering the Orlando cheerleaders locker room at halftime. Of course we all know how it turned out. NBC actually ran an ad promoting the failed stunt. You can see it during the game between the Xtreme and the Hitmen.
Jesse Ventura was getting press of his own for his bullying of Hitmen Head Coach Rusty Tillman. Obviously McMahon played that up as well by hyping the war between the two. In reality Tillman didn't care and Jesse was just covering up for his lack of skills as an announcer. Mike Adamle joined the booth at this point to provide "some" type of analysis during the game which was lacking since the league debuted. The sports media in general dismissed the league as a joke after a few weeks and no one, not even the local tv affiliates would report the outcomes of the games despite so many being close contests.