WWE classifying wrestlers as independent contractors skewered on HBO's "Last Week Tonight"

John Oliver

John Oliver

WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon speaks at a news conference at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on January 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The host of Last Week Tonight described McMahon as a "billionaire on the broken backs of his non-employees" and called on fans to make their voices heard during next week's WrestleMania.

Unfortunately, the comedian then let loose a bad joke that will likely ruin the entire segment for the vast majority of wrestling fans, comparing Roman Reigns to a "pedophile out for a jog" because of his eternally wet hair, which actually drew a less than pleased response from his live studio audience. One told us that they didn't think it was a coincidence that the topic was being talked about one week away from WWE WrestleMania 35. Then they shifted to Vince McMahon and how he is "an assh*le". Oliver then explains the legal definitions of the term on both a state and federal level, showing exactly why it's legally impossible for WWE Superstars to actually be considered "independent contractors".

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This meant that they would not be entitled to the rights of typical workers, such as annual leave, health insurance or pensions. He also pointed out the fact that independent contractors cannot claim that a company's success is dependent on them doing their jobs when WWE points out on their own corporate website that WWE wouldn't exist without their Superstars. Oliver isn't the first to bring up these issues, but the fact that he did so on a high profile platform offers some small hope that the company will eventually be pressured into making significant changes.

You can argue that Last Week Tonight used thirty years worth of clips and only highlighted the negative parts, but some very strong points were made in the process.

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