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John Oliver exposes WWE woes; 'SNL' highlights; more

John Oliver exposes WWE woes; 'SNL' highlights; more

During the piece, Oliver brought up a story CM Punk told on that infamous episode of Colt Cabana's Art of Wrestling Podcast in which the former-WWE Champion defecated in his trunks during a match with Dean Ambrose from December of 2013.

On the Last Week Tonight show, British comedian John Oliver discusses a topic at length, sometimes in a satirical way, and it was the WWE's turn to be put on blast.

For those who don't know, WWE superstars are "independent contractors" so they do not get benefits like regular workers do - such as annual leave, pensions and most important, health insurance.

"John Oliver is clearly a clever and humorous entertainer, however the subject matter covered in his WWE segment is no laughing matter", WWE said in a statement. Prior to airing, WWE responded to his producers refuting every point in his one-sided presentation. He noted the billions of dollars Vince McMahon has made while not providing health insurance to wrestlers who have to go on the road all year. John Oliver simply ignored the facts. The company said it has "longstanding Talent Wellness program".

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

During the episode of Last Week Tonight, Oliver unpacked the disgusting work conditions faced by wrestlers in the WWE under the reign of McMahon, who is seen as a villain during telecasts of WWE events.

Oliver then called on WWE fans to leverage their influence next week at WrestleMania, where the mic-ed crowd will have a live platform to, say, call for better healthcare. "And when you have lost the moral high ground to the fucking National Football League, you are morally subterranean".

"Because given that Business Hulk here", referring to Vince McMahon, "is a billionaire on the broken backs of his non-employees, the very least he could do is show the same dedication to wrestlers that they have shown to his company".


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