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Dean Malenko

  

Real Name - Dean Simon

Birthdate - 8/4/60

5'9" 216 lbs. - Tampa, FL


Athletic Background - Wrestling

Teacher(s) - Boris Malenko

Professional Background - Florida(`79), Mexico, UWF(`85), All Japan(`88-`92), Florida Indies(`92), New Japan (`92-`96), ECW(`94-`95), WCW(`95-`00), WWF/WWE(`00-)

AliasesDean Solkoff

Groups - Triple Threat, Four Horsemen, Revolution, Radicalz

Peak Years - `92-`97

Finisher(s) - 
- Texas Cloverleaf

Favorites -

- Brainbuster

- Leg Lariat

- Gutbuster

- Lariat

- Punch

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set10 
 Science9
 Aerial4
 Power8
 Strikes6


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment5
 Selling8
 Bumping7
 Carrying 7
 Heat6
 Legacy6


Place in History - Perhaps the best junior heavyweight born and bred in the United States, Dean Malenko worked hard for over fifteen years before his big breaks came. When it did, Malenko was in his late 30s, which was unprecedented for a top junior. In ECW, he and Eddy Guerrero had such incredible matches that they overshadowed their solid backgrounds in Japan and Mexico respectively. This opened the doors for both of them to get into WCW, where they continued to have the best matches in a company (though not with each other) and Malenko was the consummate Cruiserweight champion. Despite the fact he was battling the best talent in the world and having some of the country's best matches, Malenko was not pushed beyond a certain level. He was able to get over solely on his tremendous in-ring ability, but was never paired with equal-level angles. Dean Malenko, dubbed "the Iceman" was prevented from showing his natural charisma, despite the fact he was one of the company's wittiest wrestlers. He along with Chris Benoit, Eddy Guerrero and Perry Saturn walked out on the company and into the WWF. Malenko was finally able to play a character and soon after he got that out he became a road agent. Proof positive that dedication to one's craft will more often than not lead to great things.
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