John Oliver's segment against WWE was too big for the company to ignore.
WWE issued the following statement on John Oliver's Last Week Tonight segment aimed at WWE and their treatment of wrestlers.
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. John Oliver simply ignored the facts.
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.
We invite John Oliver to attend WrestleMania this Sunday to learn more about our company.
In the 23-minute segment, Oliver began by admitting that he likes wrestling. Throughout the segment, he offered praise to the company for how they entertain fans, mainly showing clips of Vince McMahon getting beat up. However, the majority of the segment was focused on McMahon using talent as independent contractors and not taking responsibility for their well-being.
A rep for HBO told Pro Wrestling Sheet, "The show likes to let the segments speak for themselves and will not be available to comment on this.”
You can view the entire segment here.