WWE Responds to HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” WWE Segment Claiming They “Ignored The Facts,” John Oliver Invited to WrestleMania

World Wrestling Entertainment has issued a statement in response to HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” episode that spent 22-minutes talking about WWE last night. Their focus was on WWE still calling their wrestlers “independent contractors” while also focusing on WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon as well as wrestler deaths. I covered the episode earlier today in detail here.

Here’s the statement that WWE released today:

John Oliver Ignores Facts

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.

There’s no word from Oliver on if he will accept the invitation to attend WrestleMania or if his schedule allows it. Oliver did retweet this comment from former WWE Champion CM Punk, who was mentioned on the HBO show.

A rep from HBO commented on the story to Pro Wrestling Sheet with this statement: “The show likes to let the segments speak for themselves and will not be available to comment on this.”

Here’s the video of the WWE special by Last Week Tonight. It has over 1.6 million views after about 15 hours. I believe the video is only available in the US because I’m unable to view it in Canada.

CM Punk isn’t the only former WWE superstar to respond to Last Week Tonight. Here are some other wrestlers that commented on it.

Adam Page, who has not worked for WWE, but is a top guy at the new All Elite Wrestling promotion, also commented on how this is good for wrestling.

In other WWE news, their stock is down about 2.9% this morning, reports Bloomberg. It’s only Monday, my friends. WrestleMania week is here and it should be crazy as usual.