WWE: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published on Apr 1, 2019
  • John Oliver discusses how the WWE takes care of its wrestlers - and how it doesn’t.
    Connect with Last Week Tonight online...
    Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight USclip channel for more almost news as it almost happens: usclip.net/user/lastweektonight
    Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: facebook.com/lastweektonight
    Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: twitter.com/lastweektonight
    Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: www.hbo.com/lastweektonight
  • EntertainmentEntertainment

Comments • 16 506

  • Patrick Bateman
    Patrick Bateman Hour ago +1

    Should have talked more about Owen Hart's death, and how Vince McMahon decided to go on with the rest of the show right after Owen had just fallen to his death. Many people suspect the show was not canceled because McMahon didn't want to have to give refunds.

  • Waheeda Bilbaria
    Waheeda Bilbaria 2 hours ago

    People don’t care as long as they are entertained. This is the world we live in.

    THATGUYZER0 2 hours ago

    Would have been better to wait until after WrestleMania. Wrestling fans were too distracted with all that was going on in the wrestling world to really focus on this.

  • Misterkingdom
    Misterkingdom 5 hours ago

    C'mon, WWE fans! You have the power to change your favorite wrestler's lives. Get them that union! This episode is really eye opening. I don't watch wrestling. I didn't know the organization was that shitty.

  • Sweede1996
    Sweede1996 6 hours ago

    how can you be disgusted at a white man for saying the n-word (not saying it is okay) but not be mad at an african american for saying the same? How is it not racist to say that an African American can do something but a white man cannot? Just because their is history involved, does not mean that it suddenly is no longer racist to say one race can do something while another cannot solely based on race....

  • ESGaming
    ESGaming 7 hours ago

    Greatest shoot promo of all time

  • juggamii nagalö
    juggamii nagalö 9 hours ago

    You are going after WWE because Vince's wife wife Linda is part of Trump administration! Admit it

  • Jon-Charles Cordery
    Jon-Charles Cordery 16 hours ago

    I agree with this, but I wish he would have elaborated on the fact that Owen Hart didn't die while wrestling. He kind of blew over it.

  • Brendan Jakaus
    Brendan Jakaus 20 hours ago

    I'm not a big fan of John Oliver but he was right about everything he said and pretty damn funny when he did crack his jokes

  • Bob Best
    Bob Best 22 hours ago

    trump was a participant in wwe shows. his followers are very much like wrestling fans--dumb and vulgar as hell.

  • GetBackIn TheKitchen
    GetBackIn TheKitchen 23 hours ago

    No bra and panty matches? What, are all the fans a bunch of slack-jawed faggots?

  • Zumba Zumba
    Zumba Zumba Day ago

    vince is the goat !

  • Jacobs Trouble
    Jacobs Trouble Day ago

    Vince McMahon is Donald Trump on steroids. Literally.

  • Janusha
    Janusha Day ago

    These wrestlers make good money, dont they? But cant put away any for their retirement?

  • Janusha
    Janusha Day ago

    Americans.... Raising money for surgery by BEGGING in social media. And then they wave flags with pride. Haha these people...

  • Janusha
    Janusha Day ago

    American wrestling is everything about america all rolled into one. Its big, bold and impressive, but at the end of the day, its all fake, all silly voices, costumes and tricks.

  • ManiacBanana
    ManiacBanana Day ago

    expected john to go through the table, may have been disappointed

  • atom bomb
    atom bomb Day ago

    Its because the older ones where all doing drugs A-Z and pumping themselves up with steroids.

  • Aaron Hall
    Aaron Hall Day ago

    Question: How much money does the average WWE wrestler make in their career? I only ask because that plays into whether or not we should care about their medical problems. I.E someone that made 60k a year doing this should have medical coverage but someone that pulled in 300k a year should probably have been more responsible with their money.

  • Not Bruce Wayne
    Not Bruce Wayne Day ago

    No talk about the massive amounts of steroid use and body image and mental health problems? How WWE , UFC and the bodybuilding industry have tons of sexual exploitation, and how those companies and industries promote toxic and outright bad behavior to impressionable idiots who watch this stupid crap?

  • M C
    M C Day ago

    OMG, Chyna is dead!?

  • DrAngelMachine
    DrAngelMachine Day ago

    Everyone's hating on the WWE (and should be, because of Vince's vision), and I'm just sitting here going:
    "RIP Eddie 😢
    Viva La Raza"

  • ElDeLos PaRQUES
    ElDeLos PaRQUES 2 days ago


  • Actionbastard
    Actionbastard 2 days ago

    Steroids and cocaine will kill you young. Its not rocket science.

  • If sambo was easy It would be called jiu jitsu

    Edge spiring Cactus jack on a fired table .. damn good old dayzz when wwe was fun to watch

  • TWSTF 8
    TWSTF 8 2 days ago +1

    Hahaha GrandchildRENNNNNN!!!💥

  • Matt King
    Matt King 2 days ago

    We are so fortunate to have a Limey asshole tell Americans what bad people we are. And some Americans lick it up like gravy. Amazing . . .

  • Jen1112111
    Jen1112111 3 days ago

    Lita and Edge!!!!! Woooh

  • somu gahlot
    somu gahlot 3 days ago

    Hope Vince see it and get enlightenment

  • Patrick Stivers
    Patrick Stivers 3 days ago

    I really don't think Vince told anyone that he was going to drop the N-bomb in that skit. Those "Holy fucking shit, you did not just say that" reactions were probably 100% legit.

  • Shane Simms
    Shane Simms 3 days ago

    "on average, a WWE wrestler on the roster makes $500,000 a year" ... I'm not saying John is wrong here, but wtf are these wrestlers doing with that kind of money and not properly preparing for the future?

    • Shane Simms
      Shane Simms 2 days ago

      @Chris Hernandez Right I definitely get that, but if the "Average" is $500,000 at least how many are making less than six figures? I'm just saying that you can't remove the factor of personal responsibility and blame everything at the WWE. Not saying the system doesn't need to change, but its not 100% the system's fault. These guys know what they're getting into and it seems they aren't using their money wisely in many instances. I'd agree with John's whole video if a substantial portion of these guys were only making $40,000 a year, but they are clearly getting paid a HUGE premium, on average, to endure the factors above you mention.

    • Chris Hernandez
      Chris Hernandez 2 days ago

      Most WWE wrestlers (at least the ones that aren't top players) have to pay for their travel expenses, food, hotels, rental cars, training, healthcare, etc. since they are "independent contractors" and the company doesn't provide that to them. Note also that these wrestlers don't have an off season and are obligated to work or be present on all the dates that WWE makes them. They work multiple days a week, year-round so those costs go way up real fast. Not to mention the likely injury or two along the way which only bumps up the expenses. And just cause 500k is the average doesn't mean that they're all making that much. A lot of the lower-tier talent get paid comparatively lower salaries but yet are still expected to pay for everything.

  • Elijah Benedict
    Elijah Benedict 3 days ago

    Only thing wrong here is Macho Man died in a car accident, not based around injuries or the company

  • The Educator
    The Educator 3 days ago

    Nobody could have said it better

  • Sarthak Arora
    Sarthak Arora 3 days ago

    Every Major sports league like NFL,NBA : have an offseason for their players to recover but WWE does not have any season for the players to recover. SAD:

  • Harvind Ramar
    Harvind Ramar 3 days ago

    i really hope aew crush this shit company

  • D Goody
    D Goody 3 days ago +1

    Bring back the bra and panty matches and the ho train.

  • D Goody
    D Goody 4 days ago

    It’s his company. If he wants to say “my nigga” he can all fucking day. The only reason it’s a problem is bc Vince is white and not black. Get the fuck out with that double standard nonsense.

    • GligarGuy
      GligarGuy 3 days ago

      The sad thing is, guys, this person actually believes this.

  • Robert Cozma
    Robert Cozma 4 days ago

    Not many things as retarded as professional wrestling

  • Tyler Keller
    Tyler Keller 4 days ago

    DAMN RIGHT Jake deserves help, and John is a is absolutely right, it's pathetic that, the very same fans, who have paid for tickets, purchased PPV shows and spent BILLIONS of dollars on merchandise. Fuck you Vince McMahon. FUUUUUUUUCK YOU!

  • cooldawg2009
    cooldawg2009 4 days ago

    That was not a racial slur...

  • Quick Dimwit
    Quick Dimwit 4 days ago

    He wasn’t the only wrestler to shit his pants in the ring. There’s at least 5.

  • Afnan Ishaq
    Afnan Ishaq 4 days ago +2

    Sad that he didnt mention Chris Benoit. Perhaps the greatest tragedy that WWE have tried to hide.

  • LightninLarry
    LightninLarry 4 days ago

    WWE is my guilty pleasure. I love how ridiculously awesome it is!

    TBOMD 4 days ago

    This episode was mostly good, but the part where Oliver pretended to be outraged at a fictional character using the 'N' word came across as phony and performative. Is he going to eschew every movie and book that has that word in it?

  • pranav Is fine
    pranav Is fine 4 days ago +1

    I got to this video after watching every thing wrong with....
    And this is every thing wrong with wwe
    Coincidence I don't think so

  • Sadiq Khawaja
    Sadiq Khawaja 4 days ago

    These are fully grown men who have signed these documents, if they were not satisfied with their original contract then they never should’ve signed in the first place I for one have little to no sympathy for them, there are other professions for them to choose

  • Bradley Frames
    Bradley Frames 5 days ago +1


  • DjSpida Tv
    DjSpida Tv 5 days ago

    that was awesome!!!

  • ricky spanish
    ricky spanish 5 days ago +1


    but they have no health insurance :D

  • JohnTube2K
    JohnTube2K 5 days ago

    What is this... just a hit piece on fake wrestling?

  • Larven Karlsson
    Larven Karlsson 5 days ago

    USA, the land of the non-responsible shit holes

  • john murphy
    john murphy 5 days ago

    Good segment!

  • A M
    A M 6 days ago

    6 7 8 9 i was in africa. Love this shit...than came to america...11 12 13 hated everything about this corny shit except the rock. The way i see people upbring shape who they are. So 1. You're that that cried when they told you Santa isn't real. Or 2 you laughed/said i knew it. If you're the 2 category, you're normal and probably not a fan of fucking wwe.

  • Will Hertzler
    Will Hertzler 6 days ago +5

    Anakin: I'm gonna say the n word
    Obiwan: you can't do that that's racist
    Anakin: you underestimate my power [turns into James Earl Jones]

  • Eduardo Fidalgo
    Eduardo Fidalgo 6 days ago

    this dude can actually be funny when not being political

  • Joe Schmoe
    Joe Schmoe 6 days ago

    If you sign up for ANY job and you decide you don't like it you are ALLOWED to quit. Stop complaining about something YOU signed up to do.

  • Josny13
    Josny13 6 days ago

    Fun to see you Americans make such a big deal of "Nigger". Meanwhile on the other side of the pond it lost most if not all meaning as is simply seen as people immitating the stereotypical american nigga. Which is like seeing Eminem in the rapping business.

  • Daniel Ryan
    Daniel Ryan 6 days ago

    Worth noting: the reason the Saudi government is going on this bonanaza of big ticket entertainment events is to try to lure in foreign investment and diversity their economy away from oil. The workforce in Saudi Arabia is almost entirely foreign born, working for the numerous international oil contractors. Even though SA has the largest deposits in the world, very few native people there actually know the first thing about how to operate an oil rig-its all done by foreign contractors. And the SA government subsidizes its citizens to the point that you literally have a couple of generations who do not know how to work; we complain about ppl living on the government dole here in the US, but we got nothing on SA. But as the nations of the world look to diversity how they meet their energy needs, and as global oil prices tanked in the last decade or so, SA sees a future where oil will no longer be the dominant energy source and when that happens they will be SOL-unless they diversify away from oil themselves ASAP. Its also why they are going on a bonanza of buying up military hardware-they see a near future where they won’t be able to just rely on the USA, Europe, or Russia to guarantee their safety anymore. Now, the USA could use this unprecedented situation to leverage reform out of the SA government like greater democracy, rights for religious and ethnic minorities, equality for women, etc. But nah, lets just keep pumping them with military equipment, no questions asked. It will all turn out okay in the end, right?

  • Jessica B
    Jessica B 6 days ago

    There is a tax form contractors can complete that has the IRS look at the contracts and can change the business structure on the employer. I believe this happened to Blackwater/Xe services. Then what happens is you are considered an employee but you owe back taxes. As a contractor, you complete a schedule c and can write off business expenses. An employee structure may be different for the wrestlers. I am not sure an Employer has to provide benefits. With the changes to ACA I am under the impression any tax penalties have been removed. However some States require certain benefits, which an employer can avoid by moving the HQ to another state.

  • MKG176
    MKG176 7 days ago +3

    I'm waiting for the Vince McMahon biopic starring Glen Howerton.

    It would be the greatest film ever created.

  • David Cordle
    David Cordle 7 days ago

    60! 70! 75!

  • Raymond Moore
    Raymond Moore 7 days ago

    No one is FORCED to become a Wrestler. If you don't like the policy of the company, don't work for them. The WWE or any Wrestling Company is not responsible if someone becomes addicted to pain meds, the person abusing them is responsible. People die at ALL ages. To say WWE is to blame for people's deaths is Bullshit in most cases. I can go with the unfortunate accident of Owen Hart where the cable broke or came undo, either way, the act itself messed up, causing Owen to fall and the impact killed him. These people get into Wrestling, climb to the top and their egos won't allow them to do the right thing and heal up cause they don't want to lose their spot. That's on THEM! If someone dies from heat stroke, should the Construction Company the person worked for be responsible? No! Anyways, to blame the WWE for all the bad shit is moronic now, was back then and will be so in the future. Stop giving free passes to the people who, if smart read the contract but signed it anyways. Their actions are just that, THEIR actions. If they agree to not have medical coverage, blame them for agreeing to it rather then Vince not offering it. They should speak up and ask for it, or even insist on it and if he still refuses, it is then up to them to cave in and sign anyways or walk away. So sick of people not being held accountable for their own actions. Like I said, no one is forced to become a wrestler or even sign a contract they do not fully agree with. That's on them, end of story, PERIOD!

  • Swol Team 6
    Swol Team 6 7 days ago


  • Swol Team 6
    Swol Team 6 7 days ago

    15:20 They're 'transformation' was going public for money, making the product PG.... Making it childishly fake and cringy to watch.
    Making EVERYTHING a script, written by non-wresting fans... Thereby KILLING the performers desire to be there by forcing them to read crap they would never say on their own. Killing their reputations with fans, and ability to negotiate contracts, to make a decent living.

  • Swol Team 6
    Swol Team 6 7 days ago

    As a 29 year old life long wrestling fan, who stopped watching 5 years ago, and hates this shows kind of humor, cannot disagree with anything in this.
    Some of the biggest names in the business, HATE being there, and are trying to get out of their contracts... BUT WWE has a clause that you cant wrestle anywhere else for the next year or so, killing the opportunity to make a living... Independent contractors...
    I've basically been waiting for Vince to croak, since 2008, cause Idk what else will fix my first love, and make it watchable again.

  • Jordan Zlotolow
    Jordan Zlotolow 7 days ago

    No Trump bashing? Trump 2020

  • meh!
    meh! 7 days ago

    seems like at least one of these wrestlers would become unhinged under this sort of treatment and the influence of injury, brain injury, and drugs and kill the guy.

  • meh!
    meh! 7 days ago

    @6:11 wow, that is horrible acting. I was expecting soap opera level acting, but this is like... the really awkward guy trying to fit in... Worse than Michael Scott. his line delivery and body language afterwards is just cringey. not evil, just cringey... and that walk... not villainous, just cringey.
    I think the black guy (based on his reaction) agrees, it wasn't offensive, just cringey.

  • Alfi Cammy615
    Alfi Cammy615 7 days ago

    Until this day I still love to see clips of vince mcmahon face getting shove to the ass 😂😂😂 the first is back in attitude era and the second one is in 2006 hell in the cell match when he against DX

  • 444not
    444not 8 days ago

    Dude your jokes aren’t funny