WWE calls John Oliver to the mat. To be fair to Vince McMahon & Co. Oliver worked himself in a shoot – and this program – with which sports entertainment fans would call a special scathing promo.
(Are they enough to disturb the WWE Universe? No, ok, more to come.)
WWE has released a statement that is rather bluntly titled "John Oliver Ignores Facts", a response to the comedian's Sunday beat of how He believes World Wrestling Entertainment treats its athletes.
And then WWE invited Oliver to Sunday's WrestleMania 35.
Below is the full WWE statements sent to TheWrap.
John Oliver ignores the facts
John Oliver is clearly a smart and humorous entertainer, but the subject covered by his WWE segment is not a laugh. Before the air, WWE responded to its producers who rejected all points in its unilateral presentation. John Oliver simply ignored the facts.
Our performers health and well-being is the most important aspect of our business, and we have a comprehensive and long-term Talent Wellness program.
We invite John Oliver to attend WrestleMania this Sunday to learn more about our business.
Yesterday evening "Last week tonight" Oliver WWE called Vince McMahon a "asshole" over a perceived mistreatment of his wrestlers. The HBO host's main approach seems to be that WWE considers its talent to be independent contractors – and not employees – that allow the company to avoid paying for long-term healthcare and other benefits.
"Look, maybe when wrestlers can work many years ago for several different organizations, it was sensible to call them (independent) contractors," olives had said about the territory day. "But now that WWE has a choke on this industry, it's just as much sense to call them that as calling Jimmy Carter a" panty-dropping f-machine. "It's just plain no more."
Excuses to US 39th President.
As is often the case at the end of a last week tonight Oliver suggested a plan to rectify World Wrestling Entertainment: He did not mind much about the WWE Universe that we can make signs and chants on Sunday's WrestleMania.
But will Oliver now participate in leading these chants? Bold is in his court – mistake, call.
See the segment "Last Week Tonight" here.