John Oliver ROASTS WWE Over Relationship With Saudi Arabian Government (VIDEO)

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WWE got mainstream press on Sunday for their upcoming Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia via Last Week Tonight with John Oliver — but they probably won’t be happy about it. 

The feature story on Sunday night’s episode of the HBO program concerned Saudi Arabia and the reported murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the order of their government. 

During the segment, Oliver brought up WWE’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and showed the propaganda-like clips that aired during Greatest Royal Rumble back in April. He also showed clips of all the positive things said about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the event. 

As we previously reported, U.S. Senators have called for WWE to re-think the relationship due to the alleged assassination. The company released a statement on Thursday saying they are “monitoring the situation,” but no additional word has been put out at this time.

The WWE statement was mentioned near the end of the segment, but host John Oliver explained Crown Jewel is currently scheduled to go on as planned.

Watch the segment below.

4 Comments on "John Oliver ROASTS WWE Over Relationship With Saudi Arabian Government (VIDEO)"

  1. WWE is like a trick. They do anything for that money. They doing that show. But the thing is, the WWE fanboys will still watch the show. So, they hypocritical as well.

    • Lou DiFigliano #Deleted | October 15, 2018 at 10:07 am | Reply

      The US government continues to supply Saudi Arabia with very real weapons…

      I think a pretend wrestling show should be the least of our worries.

  2. To be honest I don’t think it’s as simple as that. Like most things, it’s complicated. You can reasonably argue from either side – one person could cynically say (as most are) that because WWE is a massive, publicly-traded organisation, it will do anything for money and shareholder returns, and a 10 year deal with the Saudis is like a dirty, golden ticket. For shame, right?

    But another person could say that – again because WWE is a massive, publicly-traded organisation, it has accountability to its major shareholders who (let’s act like we’re reasonably educated and dispense with the bogeyman caricatures) ARE NOT just morally-bankrupt corporate bad guys looking for short-term profits. Look at huge fund managers like Nick Train who invest millions in WWE as a long-term investment based on fundamental value and being a well-run company, and are themselves accountable as such. Do you think Nick is indifferent to WWE dealing with global bad guys? Of course not. Reputational damage is often more costly if not irreversible, for any organisation.

    On that basis, you have to think, well maybe WWE isn’t just going for a cynical cash grab. Maybe there’s something to the idea of taking baby steps in introducing western/democratic ideas to a society that lacks them. The very fact of its human and civil rights abuses and failings is *exactly the reason why* an organisation like WWE is so valuable in introducing those kinds of ideas, and can do so without blunt force. However, the recent development and the likely government-sponsored murder of a journalist does raise the question of ‘where is the line’. Again – it’s complicated. It was a journalist. If state-sponsored, it is a true atrocity, and WWE would be best to distance itself from Saudi until there have been answers and accountability. It can’t just continue on with the event, if only for the fact that it presents them as ‘friendly’ with the Saudi regime, and at worst it makes a mockery of their entire position. You can’t go into a country intent on introducing change to the regime, where a man has literally just been murdered for speaking out against the same regime. It’s not just a social issue, it’s the state itself. WWE isn’t going to change the state.

    If it were to go ahead, of course WWE stands to cash in on it – 1) they are a business after all, and 2) Saudi Arabia has always been a massive risk for them, so the compensation is appropriate. But to say it’s entirely a money-making scheme concocted by corporate villains who care not about civil liberties is to miss the bigger picture. You could literally say the same thing about any corporate responsibility activity. Large businesses are expected to play some part in supporting communities, the environment, etc, etc, via charity or volunteering, but you’re being foolish if you sincerely believe that no business truly incorporates those values into their leadership. If WWE can truly introduce change into a broken society, why wouldn’t it?

  3. That was a roast? All they did was say that WWE played ball with them and then did a John Cena joke.

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