2015 “Tough Enough” winner Joshua Bredl opened up about the behind the scenes backlash that came about after he referred to a group of main roster performers as jobbers on social media.
As you may recall, Bredl tweeted about the Social Outcasts faction during an episode of Raw in 2016 where he used the hashtag “Social Jobbers.” This led to wrestlers calling him out on social media and reported heat behind the scenes.
He was eventually released from the company in 2017.
Bredl aka The Yeti or Bronson Matthews talked about this with former NXT wrestler Dan Matha during a recent interview. Joshua first says there was animosity towards him from wrestlers who had to grind on the indies before getting to WWE, since he won a high-paying contract through a reality show, and they were just waiting for him to slip up.
Then, prior to the tweet, he had been trying out a new character after undergoing a name change. Bredl claims this character’s gimmick was that he was the most controversial man in sports entertainment. So while watching Raw, he tweeted in character about the Social Outcasts thinking it wouldn’t be a big deal.
“I was at home watching Raw as the new declared heel and I threw up a tweet as I was live watching The Big Show bop up the Social Outcasts. These four, like, YMCA-looking motherf*ckers … came out, did their cool gimmick – no disrespect, it was mad cool – then all of a sudden this motherf*cker Big Show came out and was like ‘Enough of this sh*t,’ bop, bop, bop, bop, they’re all out.
So I’m thinking, ‘Ok, I’m in heel-mode, how am I gonna critique this on Twitter?’ Cause now it’s my job. I’m clocking in! I’m gonna clock in at the crib! So then I’m like, ‘Yup, I like it’ … *return, return* … hashtag, instead of their name Social Outcasts, I said Social Jobbers.”
The former wrestler continued:
“The only reason I even knew what the jobber word was, and was trying to use it within my newfound eco-system, was cause these motherf*ckers were jokingly calling us jobbers all the time. And I don’t care. It’s cool. I’m with that. If you wanna vet me by calling me a jobber, that’s cool bro. And if you don’t know what jobber is, google that sh*t. You’ll be disappointed.”
Bredl says he was then emailed letting him know he was temporarily not allowed in the locker rooms, which head coach Matt Bloom additionally confirmed via text. Joshua tested this anyhow, however, and it led to his stuff being throw into the hallway while he was training.
After that, he found his own place to change at NXT live events.
At some point later, Bronson was summoned to a WWE main roster show that was in town and word was passed to him that he’d be taken to “wrestler’s court” while there.
While stress eating in catering to prepare for what was to come, the Tough Enough winner was told by someone where to go for his wrestler court session.
Bredl went on to explain how it all occurred:
“The room was breathing with wrestlers at times and people were kind of getting their licks in on me. They basically started bashing me. Mark Henry said some sh*t like, ‘When I first got here, I was a piece of sh*t just like you! But I had a way bigger contract than you. We’re talking MILLIONS!’
And I was like, ‘Whoa, where is this going, dawg? Does this fool even know what happened? What are we talking about right now?! Is this about the tweet? This is crazy.’
Then that one fool that always wore the Hulkamania shirt, what’s that fools name? With the beard [Curtis Axel]. He’s just like, ‘I’M GONNA SAY IT LOUD! YOU SHOULD QUIT! YOU SHOULD GO BACK TO COLORADO! I’M GONNA SAY SOME MORE LOUD! I’M OUT OF HERE!”
Then I’m in there with the other three gimmicks now, and he left, and Mark Henry is kinda looking like, ‘This motherf*cker would leave. God damnit.” You know what I mean? And then I’m kinda like ‘What the f*ck?!’
Now Bo is saying some sh*t. They’re all saying some sh*t and I’m like respecting him. He’s like, ‘Yeah, I played football, but don’t be like that. F*ck.’ And I’m like, ‘Alright, well, hear me out. You don’t know me yet. I’m not like that. I’m a heel trying to be cool. Like, do you not understand what I was trying to do though? For real? I wasn’t trying to make y’all hate me.’
So then it got crazier and all of a sudden here comes this fool back in.
‘I DECIDED I NEED TO BE HERE!’ Sat down.
Like, whoa, psych 101. This sh*t is crazy in here, dawg.
Grown ass child, bro. It was sad. It was weird to see. He just had a hissy fit in front of me.”
As for why they were angry, Bredl basically said they were mad about the lack of respect for talent who had come through the NXT pipeline before him.
Watch this portion of the conversation below.