WWE skewered in HBO's "Last Week Tonight" segment on Saudi Arabia

Erika Holt
October 16, 2018

Watch the segment below or at the Last Week Tonight Youtube page.

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".

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John Oliver tore into President Donald Trump on Sunday for failing to take action against Saudi Arabia over the alleged assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

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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.

Several WWE Superstars have privately expressed that they would rather not go to Saudi Arabia but none of them have said anything publicly and it's unlikely that anyone will speak up to management out of fear of repercussions in regards to their push or spot on the roster. The issue is that WWE's shows in Saudi Arabia are unlike any other foreign house show.

Then, Oliver took a look at the long and complicated history of the US relationship with Saudi Arabia as well as Trump's personal connections to the country and its ruling class, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS.

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