JOSH MATHEWS BACKSTAGE HEAT RUMORS
Name
Josh Mathews
Real Name
Josh Lomberger
Date of Birth
November 25, 1980
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2001
Josh Mathews

Michael Cole will not be on commentary for Smackdown this week. Instead, JBL will be joined on television by Josh Mathews. No word yet on why Cole did not work the event, but there does not appear to be any backstage heat from WWE towards their long time commentator.

January 22, 2014
Michael Elgin
Rumors surfaced over the weekend that Michael Elgin had backstage heat on him from management over comments that he made about wanting to take a break from ROH and trying out for professional baseball in the near future. Reports have surfaced that those rumors are false because management is actually upset with him for doing the job to Trevor Lee at a PWG show. ROH rightfully does not believe that their world heavyweight champion should be putting people in other companies over.
September 9, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Rumors are floating around right now that there is a good amount of backstage heat from management towards Zack Ryder. Some are even pointing to the fact that he was squashed by Alexander Rusev recently as evidence that WWE is upset with him for comments that he has made on social media. The belief is that Ryder is on thin ice nowadays, as his name value has been reduced greatly by being utilized sparsely over the last couple of years.
September 2, 2014
ODB
In regards to the release of ODB from TNA, reports are surfacing that the two sides are leaving on good terms. She was not released because of backstage heat or anything. In fact, her contract had expired, and management opted not to renew her deal at this time. The belief is that the two sides could come to an agreement down the line, but nothing is expected to happen until TNA can secure a new television deal.
August 29, 2014
Zack Ryder
There might be some backstage heat towards Zack Ryder. After working the live events this week for the company, he noted that he was flying back to New York. He also stated that he was not sick, which has led many fans to believe that this involves some sort of disciplinarian issues. WWE usually flies in performers for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, even if they're not being utilized on television.
August 25, 2014
Kurt Angle
There are rumors floating around right now that Kurt Angle has called Triple H about a possible return to WWE. Reports has surfaced that HHH is not interested in a reunion with the former world heavyweight champion. There is said to be some lingering backstage heat from HHH towards Angle, whose contract with TNA expires in exactly a month from today.
August 21, 2014
Vince Russo
Rumors are now floating around that one of the reasons why TNA parted ways with Vince Russo is due to the fact that he interviewed Daffney on his podcast show. There is said to be a good amount of backstage heat towards her because of the lawsuit that she filed against the company a couple of years back. Russo being involved with her is something that reportedly annoyed management.
August 19, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Reports are surfacing that there is some backstage heat between Vince McMahon and Triple H at the moment over the main event of Wrestlemania 31. McMahon wants Brock Lesnar to defend the title against the Rock, as he feels that those two guys would produce the biggest draw of a match for WWE. HHH, however, wants the company to elevate Roman Reigns by having him challenge Lesnar.
August 18, 2014
Steve Austin
Earlier in the month, Steve Austin made a comment about WWE being too scripted for his taste. While those comments would surely bring backstage heat on one of their mid card performers, it is being said that there is absolutely no heat towards Austin, as management knows that they might need him for business down the line.
July 28, 2014
Roddy Piper
The rocky relationship between Roddy Piper and Vince McMahon is apparently back on bad terms again. WWE officials are said to be quite upset with the former United States Heavyweight Champion for comments that he made about Legends House during promotional events. Piper, who is no stranger to backstage heat over the years, also made some derogatory comments towards Pat Patterson during a shoot interview recently.
May 30, 2014
Chavo Guerrero
Rumor has it that there is an incredible amount of backstage heat between Smith Hart and Chris Jericho right now over the David Benoit situation. Hart recently released a seemingly sarcastic statement after word broke out that Jericho convinced Chavo Guerrero to back out of a show that Hart was promoting because Jericho felt that Hart was exploiting the highly inexperienced Benoit.
May 11, 2014
Cody Rhodes
Despite being given a new story line where he more than likely will be splitting from his brother Goldust and possibly feuding with him, Cody Rhodes remains very low on the priority list backstage in WWE right now. The highly talented performer has not been utilized in a high profile position for quite a few months. Speculation of backstage heat still persists.
April 29, 2014
Bruiser Brody
Older wrestling fans took quite an interest in WWE inducting Carlos Colon into the hall of fame this year. Many were expecting to see some backstage heat incident taking place because there are still many people in the industry who blame Colon for his involvement in the murder of Bruiser Brody. Cooler heads prevailed, and the situation went pretty smoothly for WWE.
April 15, 2014
Darren Young
The latest rumors on Titus ONeil is that there is backstage heat on him within WWE, as management has been booking him in multiple losses at live events. During a show this weekend, ONeil lost a match to Darren Young before issuing an open challenge and being decimated by Mark Henry. In the third match, he teams up with Wade Barrett to lose to both Young and Henry.
March 23, 2014
CM Punk
While the backstage heat between the two sides could subside still, the belief right now is that CM Punk will not be included in the WWE 2K15 video game that is coming out this fall. Management has started taken the painstaking steps to remove the former world heavyweight champion from a variety of projects, and the belief is that he will not be a playable character.
March 20, 2014
JBL
For the longest time, people backstage in WWE have been trying to figure out who was behind a Vince McMahon parody account on Twitter, as a lot of the stuff being said was insider information. Speculations have arisen that JBL might be the culprit. If proven to be true, there could be massive backstage heat between the two, as McMahon is said to hate the account.
March 19, 2014
Bray Wyatt
On Monday Night Raw, a slight buzz was created when Bray Wyatt used the term "plastic girlfriend" during a promo with John Cena, a reference to the fact that his real life girlfriend Nikki Bella has breast implants. There is said to be no backstage heat between the two over the segment, as WWE officials have given them both a bit of creative freedom in this feud.
March 18, 2014
CM Punk
Ever since the episode of Monday Night Raw in Chicago, the backstage heat towards CM Punk has risen tremendously, as management is starting to believe that the former world heavyweight champion will not be returning to the company to work Wrestlemania 30. The belief is that WWE will be pushing Daniel Bryan as a jab at Punk.
March 16, 2014
JBL
Even though they both participated in the public bashing of Jim Ross on Monday Night Raw, there is said to be no backstage heat towards JBL and Jerry Lawler because everyone is aware that they were only following orders from a vengeful Vince McMahon. Both JBL and Lawler really enjoy their jobs, so it made sense for them to do what McMahon demanded.
March 15, 2014
CM Punk
While the company has maintained their composure about him walking away, there is now massive backstage heat on CM Punk because he will be making an appearance on the Talking Dead this weekend. Many feel that if he can fly to Los Angeles to work the show, then he could have showed up at Monday Night Raw to talk to Vince McMahon or Triple H while they were in Chicago.
March 13, 2014
AJ Lee
Since it has now become quite apparently to everyone in the company that CM Punk is not coming back, the feeling backstage is that the backstage heat has now been transferred over to AJ Lee. Some feel that WWE will be punishing her because of her real life relationship with Punk. There's even talks that she will not be working Wrestlemania 30.
March 11, 2014
Josh Mathews
Josh Mathews might not be out of a job for too long. Rumors are floating around that TNA is very close to signing him to a contract. When he was backstage at Impact Wrestling, he did not seem like a typical visitor, as management was introducing him to people backstage. The belief is that he would be a valuable asset since he understands a lot about the production in WWE.
July 25, 2014
Josh Mathews
Yesterday, Josh Mathews received his release from WWE, losing his dream job because the company needed to save money. The announcer decided that he was not going to just sit around and mope. Instead, Mathews is backstage at the Impact Wrestling taping, which is taking place in New York City. The belief is that he is gauging to see if there is any interest from TNA in signing him to a contract.
June 26, 2014
Batista
During a podcast interview with Chris Jericho, Batista revealed that he has some lingering backstage heat towards Vince McMahon over an incident that happened a couple of years ago. The former world heavyweight champion was fined $100,000 by WWE because he purposely cut himself during a match to draw blood. Batista felt that the amount was unfairly high, and he noted that was the day when he knew that things would never be the same with WWE.
September 8, 2014
Chris Jericho
Where there's smoke, there's usually fire. Rumors have persisted for quite some time now that there is still backstage heat towards Jim Ross in WWE. There is some new evidence to support that claim. Ross recently revealed that the company has not approved any of their performers to be a guest on his podcast show, where Steve Austin and Chris Jericho have had plenty of WWE personnel, including Triple H himself, doing interviews for them.
September 1, 2014
Hornswoggle
During a recent interview with Alternative Nation, Hornswoggle was asked about his backstage heat with the Rock. The WWE star revealed some details about an incident that took place when the Rock was revealed as the special guest host of Wrestlemania 27. Hornswoggle stated that the Rock confused him for a Make a Wish kid. Rock apparently tapped him on the shoulders and asked if he had a good time at the show.
August 29, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Hulk Hogan has a knack for drawing attention. That's why he has made millions of dollars in his career. The former world heavyweight champion has pulled TMZ in and brought extra attention to WWE this week by exaggerating his supposed real life feud with Brock Lesnar. Hogan is pretending to have backstage heat with Lesnar because the former UFC champion called him "grandpa".
August 21, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Last night, Jeff Jarrett was scheduled to work a match at TripleMania, which is the biggest pay per view by AAA. Unfortunately, though, he was not able to make it. Jarrett had some travel issues due to some bad weather in Texas. There is said to be no backstage heat towards the former world heavyweight champion because he did make the effort to try to get to Mexico for the show.
August 18, 2014
Dixie Carter
For a long period of time there, Sean Waltman was quite critical of TNA. His angst was especially aimed at Dixie Carter, which led many to believe that he had some backstage heat with her. Lately, though, Waltman has eased up. He even stated that Spike TV and Impact Wrestling were a great fit for one another. He also mentioned that he hopes a new television contract gets signed between the two sides.
August 3, 2014
Jake Roberts
Some interesting news was recently revealed by Jake Roberts. The master of the DDT told fans that he initially did not want to be inducted during the same night as the Ultimate Warrior, as the two of them have had a longstanding backstage heat. Roberts also stated that he was going to avoid Warrior at the hall of fame ceremony. However, both sides decided to make up with one another instead.
August 3, 2014
Goldberg
It looks like the longstanding real life backstage heat between Goldberg and Scott Hall has now ended. The disdain between the two sides started when both were working in WCW. Goldberg has publicly stated that Hall was unprofessional and careless in the ring. The two of them were spotted together at a wrestling convention in Arizona recently, and they appeared to be cordial with one another.
July 28, 2014
Jim Cornette
Anyone that has heard Jim Cornette speak over the last decade should already know that he absolutely hates Vince Russo. The former WWE manager routinely sways regular conversations into diatribes against Russo. Through Twitter, Russo offered to make pace with Cornette. As expected, though, Cornette wants nothing to do with that. He refuses to end the backstage heat between the two.
July 14, 2014
Bray Wyatt
A black eye usually is not something to be proud of. It is, however, when you're a lifelong wrestling fan being punched by one of the greatest performers that the industry has ever seen. Bray Wyatt received a black eye during a big live event at Madison Square Garden in New York City over the weeken due to an errant punch by Ric Flair. Reports are stating that the incident happened because Flair forgot that he was wearing his hall of fame ring. There is said to be no backstage heat between the two due to the injury.
July 14, 2014
Dixie Carter
For a short period of time there, Tommy Dreamer and Dixie Carter worked online wrestling fans into believing that there was real backstage heat between the two. That led many to wonder if Dreamer was still going to be working for TNA. At the recent Impact Wrestling taping, Dreamer continued to work as a backstage agent for the company. The belief is that he will remain in that role for the foreseeable future.
June 29, 2014
Brie Bella
Those that have been following Mick Foley closely over the last year are aware that there is some sort of backstage heat between he and Vince McMahon. WWE has given him the cold shoulders on a couple of occasions. Foley has now revealed a possible source of that friction. He accidentally sent a message to McMahon while trying to send to Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan. The content of that message was Foley complaining about WWE not doing the right thing and putting Bryan over when his popularity was at its peak.
June 27, 2014
JTG
When WWE announced that they were releasing several performers from their main roster earlier this month, it caught a few of them by surprise. JTG, however, was well prepared for his release. He had been expecting it for quite some time now. There was an incident a while back where he received major backstage heat from management for speaking out about payment. Since then, his days with WWE were numbered. JTG recently revealed to TMZ that he had started planning around the release way before it took place.
June 23, 2014
Alex Riley
A peculiar thing happened on Twitter recently. John Cena praised Alex Riley for his work on commentary when the latter made a reference to the Major League movie. While this would normally seem like something minor, it actually comes as a shock to those that believe the rumors that Cena was the reason why Riley lost his push. There reportedly was backstage heat between the two.
June 18, 2014
Aksana
Despite being utilized on Monday Night Raw this week, Aksana received her release from WWE today. Many were expecting the company to let her walk when her contract expired, as it was pretty evident that management was not very big on her. She was rarely used, and she received a lot of backstage heat from WWE officials when she injured Naomi Knight during a match earlier this year.
June 12, 2014
Gail Kim
During a recent interview, Gail Kim was asked about retirement. The TNA Knockout stated that she was not quite sure when that would be, but she did reveal that she wanted to be a trainer once that happens. Some might believe that she would return to WWE to work in their developmental territory, but with the way she left the company, there might still be some backstage heat towards her.
June 11, 2014
Jerry Lawler
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Jim Ross had to spend a night in the hospital, as the former WWE commentator had a bit of a health scare and his wife wanted to be safer than sorry. Ross revealed that a couple of people contacted him at the hospital to check up on him. Jerry Lawler and Steve Austin were two of them. The other was Vince McMahon, which was a little bit surprising as there have been rumors floating around for the last year that there is some backstage heat between the two.
June 10, 2014
Bully Ray
As many of you already know by now, TNA pulled Bully Ray at the last minute from a House of Hardcore show, which led to Tommy Dreamer cutting a scathing promo on Dixie Carter. The supposed backstage heat has now spilled over to social media, as Carter has responded to Dreamer on Twitter. The two have gone back and forth.
June 10, 2014
Mick Foley
A status update on Twitter from Mick Foley, where he stated that TNA wished him a happy birthday while WWE has yet do so. While the former world heavyweight champion is more than likely just playing around, there appears to be some truth in jest, as rumors have been floating around that there is backstage heat between Foley and some members of management in WWE.
June 8, 2014
Vince Russo
During a recent interview, Vince Russo revealed that he does not watch Monday Night Raw. The former WWE writer stated that it was not because of any backstage heat that he has towards the company. Russo simply stated that it is difficult for him to sit through three hours straight of a television show. He even stated that it was difficult for him to watch his favorite baseball team for three straight hours.
June 3, 2014
Josh Mathews
Since he was very popular with his peers backstage, there have been many wondering why WWE released Josh Mathews yesterday. It turns out that it was simply a business decision, as the company needed to trim their budget further. To management, Mathews was at the bottom of the list when it comes to announcers, commentators and interviewers. WWE is expected to continue with the releases to cut cost even further.
June 26, 2014
Josh Mathews
It looks like WWE is not done handing out pink slips to their employees. Josh Mathews becomes the latest person to receive a release from the company. He was a bit of a utility person backstage, but most will remember him as an interviewer. Locker room morale might take a bit of a hit since Mathews was well liked and his enthusiasm for the WWE product was a bit infectious.
June 25, 2014
Booker T
Booker T is running his first internet pay per view for his wrestling promotion, and Reality of Wrestling will have plenty of WWE presence there. Josh Mathews has signed on to help Booker do commentary for the evening, while Alex Riley will be making his return to the ring for a match. Theodore Long, who was recently released by WWE, will be on hand to act as the on screen general manager at the PPV.
June 19, 2014
Roman Reigns
When word spread that Roman Reigns was rushed to the hospital, WWE made it clear that he was going to miss Night of Champions 2014, where he was scheduled for a big match against Seth Rollins. Reports have now surfaced that Reigns might be missing Hell in a Cell 2014 as well, as medical examiners believe that the type of hernia that he is suffering from is quite severe.
September 20, 2014
Bray Wyatt
As many fans already know, WWE has run out of opponents for Bray Wyatt, so he has slipped down the ladder tremendously over the last couple of weeks. Sheamus has long been a rumored opponent for Wyatt, and it looks like that feud may be happening soon. Management has had the two of them working together at live events, and the belief is that it will be brought to television soon.
September 20, 2014
Kevin Steen
There was a lot of hype behind the signing of Prince Devitt, so WWE wants to figure out a good way to introduce the international star to their fan base. Reports have surfaced that the company is thinking about utilizing him in the tag team division to start. The two names that have been toss around as potential partners are Sami Zayn and the newly signed Kevin Steen.
September 19, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Alexander Rusev is rapidly moving up the ladder in WWE. There are those backstage that are already pushing for him to be groomed for a feud against John Cena in the very near future. The belief is that Mark Henry, a former world heavyweight champion with some credibility with the fans, will be putting over Rusev at Night of Champions 2014.
September 17, 2014
Chris Jericho
Reports surfaced over the last couple of days that Chris Jericho was going to be working his last show for WWE at Night of Champions 2014 in a match against Randy Orton. There is now speculation that the former world heavyweight champion might stick around shortly after that before leaving, similar to what Rob Van Dam did before taking his break from WWE recently.
September 17, 2014
Darren Young
While the hot rumors are pointing to Darren Young being eventually revealed by WWE as the man underneath the bunny suit, a lot of fans have been wondering who has been portraying the character on television as of late. Reports have surfaced that developmental wrestler Sami Zayn has been the one in the suit. He apparently portrayed the character on Monday Night Raw and at live events.
September 17, 2014
AJ Lee
One of the more interesting things in WWE nowadays is the feud between AJ Lee and Paige. It's not so much about what has happened on television, as much as it is about what can possibly happen next. The creative department has teased sexual tension between the two performers, but management knows that it cannot go too far because of potential backlash from advertisers. With WWE needing to create a buzz for the product, it will be interesting to see how close to the line that they're willing to step.
September 17, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Fans were a bit puzzled in regards to how Monday Night Raw was booked this week. John Cena kept telling fans that Paul Heyman only had until halftime to produce Brock Lesnar before an attack would happen. The incident took place closer to the two hour mark than halfway through the show. Reports have surfaced that WWE did this because Vince McMahon wanted to draw in viewers from the NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles. He used Lesnar and Cena, two of the bigger names in wrestling, to try to get fans to switch channels during halftime of the game.
September 16, 2014
Randy Orton
It looks like another wrestler is upset with WWE and wants time off. This time, it's Randy Orton. The former world heavyweight champion is said to be really upset with how management has been utilizing him. The belief is that Orton feels that he should be involved in the main event scene more frequently. He has been demanding some time away from WWE, but since the roster is so thin right now, management has only been able to give him time away from live events over the last couple of weeks.
September 16, 2014
Bully Ray
When his contract was expiring, a lot of fans wondered what TNA would do with Bully Ray and his stories since he was leaving the company. The two sides have reached an agreement to continue working together, so that the stories can be resolved. Bully Ray will also work the Bound For Glory 2014 event and be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame before parting ways.
September 15, 2014
Triple H
Professional wrestling and football have long had a connection, as a lot of players from the gridiron have successfully made the switch to the squared circle. Triple H wants that tradition to continue, so WWE is now targeting more football players to join their developmental program. While there are a couple of guys already on the roster with athletic backgrounds, the company is looking for guys with more name value. WWE is also willing to pay these guys more money than the wrestlers.
September 15, 2014
Bully Ray
Rumors are spreading rapidly right now that Bully Ray has signed a new contract with TNA. The speculation stems from the fact that the company is now openly advertising him for Bound For Glory 2014. His contract expired not too long ago, and at the time, the belief was that the two sides were not able to come to an agreement on a new deal because TNA was still waiting for a television contract. There is also a chance that Bully Ray could just be doing a one time thing for the company.
September 13, 2014
Damien Sandow
If you watched WWE NXT Takeover last night, you know that Tyler Breeze failed to win the heavyweight championship. However, management might have something better for him. Reports have surfaced that Breeze is on the verge of being given a promotion to the main roster, where the cocky character will be joining the entourage of the Miz, which already features Damien Sandow.
September 12, 2014
Vince McMahon
Some rumors floated around this week that WWE was looking to sell their entire tape library to Warner Bros. That caused a lot of gullible fans to believe that Vince McMahon was giving up on the WWE Network. Rumors are false, as the article was filled with quite a bit of inaccuracies, including the statement that Cinadigm was the actual owner of the footage.
September 12, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Over the last couple of weeks, there has been a bit of a struggle backstage in WWE. On one side is Vince McMahon, who wants John Cena to be booked as dominant as possible, so that fans will buy into his upcoming rematch against Brock Lesnar at Night of Champions 2014. On the other side is everyone else, who does not believe that Cena should be dominating the other performers on the roster that much.
September 12, 2014
Dixie Carter
Dixie Carter has remained steadfast in TNA being able to keep Impact Wrestling on television. While a deal with Spike is now unlikely, the company has received interest from Velocity and WGN. The latest reports are saying that there are two other networks, which are currently unnamed at this time, interested. One of the networks is said to even be stronger than Spike.
September 11, 2014
Adam Rose
Since the bunny that accompanies Adam Rose has been featured more frequently on television as of late, fans have been speculating that WWE will eventually have him work a match. It looks like that might happen sooner than later. There are talks that Rose and the bunny could be teaming up to battle Heath Slater and Titus ONeil during the kickoff match at Night of Champions 2014.
September 11, 2014
Bray Wyatt
When he was feuding with John Cena, Bray Wyatt appeared to be a lock to remain in the WWE main event scene for quite some time. When that feud ended, he was able to maintain some momentum when Chris Jericho made his return to the company and feuded with Wyatt. Since there is a lack of top level talent in WWE, there are now talks that management could have Wyatt feuding with Dolph Ziggler over the Intercontinental Championship, even though it seems out of the norm for his character to chase a secondary belt.
September 10, 2014
Christian
For those of you that have been wondering about his whereabouts, Christian is definitely still with WWE. In fact, he has reportedly been medically cleared to make a return for quite some time now. However, management is simply choosing not to utilize him at this point. The creative department has not bothered to write a story for him. Some believe that Christian may never make a return as a wrestler in WWE at this point.
September 10, 2014
Michael Elgin
There has been a ton of speculations on the situation between Michael Elgin and ROH. The former heavyweight champion apparently is stuck in Canada and cannot return to the United States because of issues with his work visa. New reports have surfaced that ROH management places the blame squarely on Elgin for being unorganized. For those that do not know, he abruptly dropped the heavyweight championship under mysterious conditions.
September 10, 2014