John Oliver blasts WWE's corporate practices on 'Last Week Tonight'

Bessie Dean
April 7, 2019

John cited a study that revealed the average rate of death among WWE Superstars in their early to mid-fifties - "an alarmingly high 20%", according to Forbes - is much higher than that of National Football League players.

Original: With WrestleMania 35 taking place on April 7, John Oliver saw no better time than now to take on the WWE for what he argued was a lack of concern over the wrestlers' health and long-term healthcare.

"Well, after a complete viewing, this is the absolute most truthful outside media piece I've seen on wrestling in over 40 years".

John Oliver is known for going after big corporations during his late-night show on HBO, Last Week Tonight.

He played many clips from retired wrestlers who have worked under McMahon.

WWE wrestlers are also often living without pension plans, forcing them to come out of retirement, and that they regularly fail to receive workers' compensation for injuries.

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CM Punk, on the other hand and unsurprisingly, completely agreed with what John Oliver said during his TV show.

This has since been a topic of discussion amongst not only wrestling fans and past WWE superstars, but many members of the general public too thanks to the coverage it has received from many major news outlets, and it has caused WWE to release a statement too.

Oliver cited the premature deaths of wrestling stars like Eddie Guerrero, Randy Savage, Chyna and King Kong Bundy while accusing McMahon - who not only owns the company but has full control over storylines and also appears in-ring as a villain - of making his fortune on the "broken backs" of his talent.

The expletive-filled rant, which reportedly saw WWE shares dip almost three per cent on Monday, was strongly condemned in a statement from McMahon's company. Despite the fact that wrestlers have to sign exclusive contracts with WWE, they are still classified as "independent contractors" rather than "employees". But just in case viewers were unclear of his fandom, Oliver kicked off the segment by playing a highlight reel of entertaining moments from over the years.

The comedian ended his segment by suggesting fans at next weekend's WrestleMania make their voices heard on the issue by chanting during the show.

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