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Josh Mathews
Ring name(s) Josh Mathews[1]
Billed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Billed weight 143 lb (65 kg)[2]
Born November 25, 1980 (1980-11-25) (age 29)[2]
Sea Isle City, New Jersey[2]
Resides Schererville, Indiana
Billed from Sea Isle City, New Jersey[1]
Trained by Al Snow
Tazz
Ivory
Debut 2001[2]

Josh Lomberger[2] (born November 25, 1980)[2] is an American presenter and announcer, better known by the stage name Josh Mathews. He is currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as a play-by-play commentator for WWE NXT.[1]

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Career

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Tough Enough and independent promotions (2001-2002)

Josh was a runner-up to Maven and Nidia in the first WWE Tough Enough in 2001.[2] Despite being small, Josh held his own on the show, impressing trainers Al Snow and Tazz with his commitment to making it in the business. Despite not winning the first Tough Enough competition, he has actually lasted longer in World Wrestling Entertainment than any other contestant from the various seasons of the series.

After Tough Enough, Lomberger gained some in-ring experience on the independent circuit and in the X Wrestling Federation, which was run by WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart.[2] He did not win the first Tough Enough competition.

WWE (2003 - Present)

Josh was eventually hired by World Wrestling Entertainment as an announcer and interviewer for the SmackDown! brand and was an announcer on WWE Velocity where he gained much acclaim from the internet wrestling community for his knowledge of the sport.

In-ring experience (2004)

In 2004 Mathews was given some limited ring-time on SmackDown! when John "Bradshaw" Layfield slapped Mathews for not showing some respect to his chief of staff Orlando Jordan when he was interviewing him. He later offered and was accepted to be Booker T's temporary partner for a tag team match on an episode of SmackDown!. He and Booker ultimately won that match.[3]

He was later assaulted by Jordan and requested from General Manager Theodore Long that he be given a one-on-one match against him. Booker T wanted to be at ringside during the Mathews-Jordan match, as JBL would no doubt be present, and would give Booker T an excuse to beat down JBL before their match at Survivor Series. Mathews would once again emerge victorious against Jordan, with some considerable help from Booker T.[4] He also tried to help Booker in his WWE Championship match at the Survivor Series, but was given a Clothesline From Hell by JBL for his efforts.[5]

End of SmackDown! run (2005)

On March 31, 2005 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! Mathews was attacked by Kurt Angle.[6] Mathews was then (kayfabe) possessed by The Undertaker on the December 9, 2005 episode of Friday Night SmackDown! while interviewing Randy Orton.[7]

At Armageddon 2005, Josh interviewed former WWE referee Tim White to set up a Hell in a Cell match later in the evening. In the interview, White explained that the match ruined his life by giving him injuries and even contributing to his irritable bowel syndrome. White then attempted to "commit suicide", but was unsuccessful. This started a WWE.com exclusive called "Lunchtime Suicide" in which White tried to "commit suicide" a different way each week, while Mathews tried to stop him. In the final episode, White, during a "Celebration of Life" party, turned the tables and "shot" an unsuspecting (and "drunk") Mathews with a shotgun.

Commentator (2006-2009)

Mathews was still being seen on international editions of the The WWE Experience, and WWE After Burn and on FCW Wrestling as the Play by Play Commentator.[citation needed] He hosted the WWE Fantasy Weekly Webcast for week 3 of season 8 of the WWE Fantasy Salary Cap game. He also filled in for an absent Todd Grisham on a summer 2006 episode of Raw. He also hosts pre-shows for WWE pay-per-view events, and he provided color commentary on Heat from time to time before the show was cancelled in May 2008.[8] He was the host of WWE.com's Weekly Top Five when it started and hosted it until April 2009 when he became ECW commentator and was replaced by Jack Korpela. During Todd Grisham's stint as ECW commentator, Mathews replaced him as Raw's backstage interviewer. Mathews was WWE's correspondent at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, being joined by Batista, Candice Michelle, and Shelton Benjamin at the Democratic Convention, and Mickie James and Mr. Kennedy at the Republican Convention. This was in an effort to encourage WWE fans to register to vote for the 2008 Presidential election.

ECW (2009-2010)

On the April 7, 2009, episode of ECW, Mathews was announced as the new play-by-play commentator, as the previous commentator, Todd Grisham was moved to SmackDown after Tazz departed WWE.[9][10] In addition to commentating on ECW and ECW pay-per-view matches, Mathews along with Matt Striker would represent the ECW brand on WWE Superstars every week starting with the inaugural episode on April 16, 2009.[11]

WWE NXT (2010 - Present)

After ECW's closure, he moved to it's new replacement show, WWE NXT.

Personal life

Josh is married to former WWE television host Rue DeBona.[12]

In wrestling

Job titles

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Josh Mathews Bio". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/superstars/joshmathews/bio/. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Josh Mathews Profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/j/josh-mathews.html. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  3. ^ "WWE SmackDown! Results - November 4, 2004". Online World of Wrestling. 2004-11-04. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/041104.html. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  4. ^ "WWE SmackDown! Results - November 11, 2004". Online World of Wrestling. 2004-11-04. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/041111.html. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  5. ^ "Survivor Series 2004 results". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries/history/2004/results/. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  6. ^ "WWE SmackDown! Results - March 31, 2005". Online World Of Wrestling. 2004-11-04. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/050331.html. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  7. ^ "WWE SmackDown! Results - December 9, 2005". Online World Of Wrestling. 2004-11-04. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/051209.html. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  8. ^ Josh Mathews blog confirming final episode of Heat
  9. ^ "Tazz's Alumni WWE Profile". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/superstars/wwealumni/tazz/. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  10. ^ "Let the Chase to Backlash begin". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2009-04-07. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/archive/04072009/. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  11. ^ Ross, Jim (2009-04-15). "Draft Thoughts...Another Von Erich to Enter the Ring??...Steamboat to put tights back on?? WGN..". J.R.'s Family Bar-B-Q. http://www.jrsbarbq.com/blog/draft-thoughtsanother-von-erich-enter-ringsteamboat-put-tights-back-wgn. Retrieved 2009-04-18. "All three brands will be featured weekly and each brand's announcers will call their respective bouts." 
  12. ^ "Mathews marries Rue DeBona". http://www.tpww.net/headlines/1164811116.html. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 

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Josh Lomberger (born November 25, 1980) is an American presenter and announcer, better known by the stage name Josh Mathews. He current works for the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its ECW brand as the play-by-play commentator. He also occasionally works as a back stage interviewer on smackdown.


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