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The W - Pro Wrestling - John Oliver takes on WWE
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Peter The Hegemon
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This past weekend's episode of Last Week Tonight mostly focused on the WWE and the way it treats its wrestlers, mostly focusing on the "independent contractor" issue and the rate of premature deaths among wrestlers. It probably won't teach you much of anything that's new, but Oliver is clearly a fan and gets things right. Whenever he tells you something really bad about Vince McMahon, it's followed by a clip of some superstar doing something nasty to Vince. And, mostly, the whole bit is really funny (including a great Star Wars joke).

He ends up by encouraging the WM crowd to chant in support of wrestler's rights, but he misses an opportunity by not choosing a specific chant. Incidentally, there's no mention of Chris Benoit--I wonder whether that was a condition of them using WWE clips, or just a decision that he really wasn't relevant to the focus of the story. Anyway, if you don't have access to HBO, you can watch the segment on YouTube here:
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The segment does seem to be reverberating. Some of my coworkers who aren't wrestling fans were discussing the segment at the office today.
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As usual, he did a masterful job.

Will it change anything? Probably not with WWE. If anything, there's a 50% chance a Jon Oliver lookalike is the first eliminated in the Andre battle royal now.
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