WWE Wants to Settle Score With John Oliver at WrestleMania

WWE has issued a statement in response to John Oliver's takedown of the company's treatment of employees… sorry, independent contractors on HBO's Last Week Tonight. And the response is: see you at WrestleMania?!

Well, the company hasn't exactly challenged Oliver to a match, though, anything can happen at WrestleMania, so it's not entirely out of the question that the pasty British comedian could take on the septuagenarian Vince McMahon in a one-on-one bout on the grandest stage of them all. Remember, anything you see on TV is probably a work when it comes to wrestling, so this could all theoretically be part of the build-up to the most epic swerve of all time, with Oliver ending the broadcast next Sunday by hugging McMahon in the middle of the ring after tearing up a contract that would have granted WWE's wrestlers health insurance, retirement plans, and an offseason. Perhaps WWE will invite Oliver to join "a very special club."

But probably not. Here's what WWE had to say in response to Oliver's broadcast, which called them out for allegedly declining to provide the above necessities to its full-time wrestlers based on the fact that they are technically "independent contractors" and not "employees" despite working exclusively for WWE as the most important part of the company:

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.

So WWE appears to believe that Oliver worked himself into a shoot, brother. But others in the wrestling business seem more inclined to side with Oliver, at least the ones who aren't currently employed… sorry, "contracted" with WWE.

https://twitter.com/alexdelbarrio/status/1112588190504927232

https://twitter.com/alexdelbarrio/status/1112768273077149696

https://twitter.com/JoeyRyanOnline/status/1112755949465272320?s=19

So, you know, form your own opinion and all that.

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