On the HBO show Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver eviscerated WWE in a 20-minute editorial, in which he criticized the company for (among several things) not providing health insurance, not looking out for the wellness of its performers, and not allowing the wrestlers to function as independent contractors, despite their status as such.
In response, the WWE released the following press statement:
"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."
According to Fightful (h/t Randall Ortman of CagesideSeats), the response of the WWE locker room to Oliver's editorial has been mixed, with one person calling it "hacky" and another calling it a "home run." One man who seemed to react positively, however, was former WWE Superstar CM Punk, who acknowledged that he was a fan of Oliver's.