WWE Issues Statement Regarding John Oliver’s Criticism Of Company

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CM Punk commented on John Oliver's piece on HBO's Last Week Tonight where the comedian called out WWE for how they treat their talent and classify them as independent contractors.

Oliver also encouraged fans to make their voices heard on this issue and noted that fans did the same in the past whenever the company tried to give a big push to someone the fans were rejecting.

Oliver started his spiel by diving into his own wrestling fandom, claiming he liked the sport, and citing things like Jake Roberts' snake biting Randy Savage among his favourite moments.

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For a bit of context, Oliver was a writer on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" - Stewart himself has been involved with WWE storylines, and took an Attitude Adjustment off John Cena in 2015. And it's profitable - it made over $930m past year, and its flagship event, WrestleMania, is worth more than the World Series. 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.

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

"WWE issued the following statement in response to the" Last Week Tonight" feature that aired on Sunday night on HBO.

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"While the character Vince is an assh*le, it's important to know that the real Vince is also an assh*le", John said (h/t The Hollywood Reporter). As Oliver sees it, there's only one hope for wrestlers to get the support they need: The fans.

"Even the National Football League, for all its massive faults, now offers players health reimbursement accounts and have established a legacy fund for older players who may be dealing with health issues", John said towards the end of the segment.

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