On last night’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver ripped into WWE and AEW for continuing to pump out shows during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The HBO host started by addressing the state of Florida, where WWE and AEW have been able to film shows, for designating sports with a national audience as an essential service if the events are closed to the public.
Oliver asserts that a televised wrestling match “requires a lot more people than just two wrestlers, you need production crews working together in close proximity.” While WWE claims to be doing everything they can to keep their workers safe, Oliver points to a recent anonymous letter allegedly written by an employee which makes accusations to the contrary.
Vince McMahon was not spared from criticism and ribbing either. A clip from the WWE earnings call on April 23 was aired, where the Chairman and CEO defended the empty arena tapings and proclaimed the company was providing a public service for people sitting at home.
Oliver also calls out AEW, whom he calls WWE’s “competitor,” and the UFC for producing content in the state of Florida. He maintains that “the risks outweigh the benefits” and contends “if you want to come back without risk, that’s just not possible right now.”
Watch the full segment below.