Josh Lomberger, better known to WWE fans as Josh Matthews, has been released from the company. His profile has already been moved to the alumni section of WWE.com although the company has not yet publicly mentioned his departure.
Matthews was a part of the original season of WWE Tough Enough back in 2001. After working on the indies, he was hired by the WWE the following year originally as a backstage interviewer and the announcer for Velocity.
Then in 2006, Matthews became an announcer with the company, filling in on WWE Raw, hosting Smackdown for some time and also working with ECW before it was stopped. Since then, Matthews has kept busy as the lead announcer for Saturday Morning Slam and has been a part of Main Event and NXT programming. Plus, he hosted the pre and post shows for TV programming and WWE pay-per-views.
Matthews had worked very hard to gain his position in the company and greatly improved over the years with no real background in broadcasting. There is no word yet if this was simply a salary cutback or if his contract was coming to an end.
There is also no talk yet on who may fill his announcing roles which could go to Renee Young or Tom Phillips.