WWE Responds To John Oliver’s “One-Sided Presentation” About Vince McMahon On ‘Last Week Tonight’

True to professional wrestling form, the WWE wasn't about to take the hits without retaliating. On Sunday night, John Oliver did not hold back with his takedown of WWE boss Vince McMahon and the working conditions and treatment of the wrestlers in the organization on HBO's Last Week Tonight.
Oliver also pointed out that Ventura tried to unionize the WWE which would have made working conditions better but “McMahon stamped it out hard.” Bret “The Hitman” Hart, who lost his brother Owen while they were both in the WWE (which was called the WWF back then), said that McMahon treated them like circus animals. He played many clips from retired wrestlers who have worked under McMahon. Jesse Ventura appeared on Howard Stern to air out grievances during his time with the league.
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With Wrestlemania happening next Sunday, Oliver encouraged fans in the audience to make their voices be heard via signs and chants during the event so that McMahon can give these wrestlers better working conditions.
We invite John Oliver to attend WrestleMania this Sunday to learn more about our company." "John Oliver simply ignored the facts," the statement continued. "The health and wellness of our performers is the single most important aspect of our business, and we have a comprehensive, longstanding Talent Wellness program.
“Many fans legitimately hate him. While the WWE has made him a billionaire, many wrestlers say he’s treated him terribly.” “While the character Vince is an asshole, it’s important to know that the real Vince is also an asshole,” Oliver bluntly said.
During the episode of Last Week Tonight, Oliver unpacked the horrible work conditions faced by wrestlers in the WWE under the reign of McMahon, who is seen as a villain during telecasts of WWE events.
Deadline received a statement from the WWE that said:  "John Oliver is clearly a clever and humorous entertainer, however the subject matter covered in his WWE segment is no laughing matter. Prior to airing, WWE responded to his producers refuting every point in his one-sided presentation."

‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ Gets Season 6 Premiere Date On HBO

HBO has set February 17 for the season six premiere of Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.
Last Week Tonight season 6 premieres at 11 PM Sunday, February 17, exclusively on HBO. The show is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.” />
Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as addressing broader issues, the Oliver-hosted show earned a three-season pickup in 2017, which will keep it on the air through 2020. The only weekly news-oriented comedy series to air on Sunday night, Last Week is taped in New York a few hours before it debuts on HBO and features a mix of Oliver’s topical commentary and pre-taped pieces.
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver is produced for HBO by Avalon Television and Sixteen String Jack Productions; executive producers, John Oliver, Tim Carvell, Liz Stanton, Jon Thoday, James Taylor; director, Paul Pennolino.
Last Week Tonight has received a total of 12 Primetime Emmys since its 2015 premiere, most recently nabbing four in 2018, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series for the third year in a row. The show also has been honored with Critics' Choice, Peabody and Writers Guild awards.

John Oliver Grapples With WWE Plans For Saudi Arabia “Crown Jewel” Event

And now, with the all but certain murder of Washington Post journalist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi, the WWE's "Crown Jewel" event is anything but. After showing a clip of wrestler/actor John Cena expressing "a genuine thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" (that moment in the Last Week Tonight segment comes in at about the 7:50 mark above), Oliver said, "It seems the WWE is as overtly pro-Saudi Arabia as it is latently homoerotic, which is to say, intensely.”
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When contacted by Deadline, a WWE rep said the company is "monitoring the situation" in Saudi Arabia.
and Saudi Arabia, specifically Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (or MBS, as he's often called). In a nearly 20-minute segment on Sunday's Last Week Tonight (watch it above), Oliver detailed the cozy and lucrative relationship between the U.S.
The April event, as Oliver described it, provided the kingdom with global "wall-to-wall propaganda about the new Saudi Arabia, including video showing women happily driving, men dancing and tourist destination beauty shots as well as constant excited compliments throughout the broadcast.”
As Oliver pointed out, a "much grimmer story" was going on in Saudi Arabia even then – for example, women who had campaigned for driving rights had been arrested even as their accomplishment was being heralded. The WWE itself had bent to the will of the Saudis on the issue of its female wrestlers, leaving them out of the ring under the deal, per local custom.
The Sports Illustrated post said that "multiple members of the WWE talent roster have expressed discomfort with the idea of performing in Saudi Arabia." John Cena, a wrestling A-lister who has crossed over into mainstream movies, has not made any kind of public statement as yet. In the Last Week Tonight segment, he is shown offering "a genuine thank-you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" from the middle of the ring at the April event.
If wrestlers with the WWE are indeed expressing "discomfort" with plans to perform in Saudi Arabia next month, as an anonymous-sourced Sports Illustrated article says today, last night's excoriating report by HBO's John Oliver could only have pumped them up even more.
Determined to position the kingdom in a new and more progressive worldwide light, MBS, as Oliver put it, "struck a 10-year deal with one of the most popular and most American franchises there is — World Wresting Entertainment, or WWE." The first WWE event was staged in April, but the big, appropriately titled "Crown Jewel" pay-per-view event is set for November 2 in Riyadh.
WWE stock dipped a fraction today, closing at $84.97. While it has had a banner 2018, it has slipped more than 10% in October to date, though any link to the Khashoggi situation has not been clearly established.

John Oliver Feasts On Donald Trump’s Declaration Of War Against NFL

By week's end, both scandals seemed almost "nostalgically quaint," he observed.” /> Mnuchin's rannygazoo includes requesting use of a government plan as he and his new wife honeymooned, though the request was withdrawn, Oliver said.
Responses to Trump's remark included the mother of Colin Kaepernick, the player who started it all; she tweeted,  "Guess that makes me a proud bitch." And Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy tweeted, “It’s really sad man…our president is an asshole.”
Fox News Channel's Jeanine Pirro defended Trump, and Oliver actually agreed with her point that nobody wants to hear about politics from pampered millionaire football players. "You only want to hear about them from an abject failure of a prosecutor who somehow let Robert Durst slip though her fingers," he added.
Our TV Ratings Forecaster In Chief urged viewers to boycott, and forecast lousy Nielsen ratings for Sunday's games. At his latest campaign rally, Trump told fans he'd love to see NFL owners say "get that son of a bitch off the field right now….He's fired!" next time an NFL player kneels during the National Anthem performance.
Also in response to Trump's rhetoric, many more players kneeled during anthem at games on Sunday, Oliver noted. "When you have lost the moral high ground to Roger Goodell something is horribly wrong," Oliver pointed out. And, even NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell denounced POTUS' comment.
John Oliver kicked off Last Week Tonight describing a frantic week in which a "new and terrible" health care bill was pushed in the Senate, President Donald Trump called Kim Jong-un "Rock Men" at the United Nations, and Robert Mueller's Russia probe lurched ahead. But, "all hell broke loose" when Trump ended the week declaring war on professional athletes.
He also spent time torching Trump's HHS Secretary Tom Price over his unnecessary use of private jets at a taxpayer cost of about $400K to date. Also, the use of government planes for non-government reasons by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin whose appearance, Oliver pointed out, "provides the answer to the question, 'What if Income Inequality dressed up as me, John Oliver, for Halloween."