Dean Malenko

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Real Name - Dean Simon
Birthdate - 8/4/60
5'9" 216 lbs. - Tampa, FL

Aliases - Dean Solkoff

Athletic background - Wrestling

Teachers - 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(`00-)

Groups - Triple Threat, Four Horsemen, Revolution, Radicalz

Peak Years - `92-`97

Career Highlights -
- Becomes a known gaijin and competes in several promotions during his run in Japan
- Defeats Eddy Guerraro for his second ECW TV title in the company's best feud
- Beats Shinjiri Ohtani to win his first of four WCW Cruiserweight titles
- Wins the US title from Eddy Guerraro in a No-Holds-Barred match
- Defeats Essa Rios to win his first of two WWF Lightheavyweight titles

Finisher(s) -
- Texas Cloverleaf

Favorites -
- Brainbuster
- Leg Lariat
- Gutbuster
- Lariat
- Punch

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 10
science - 10
aerial - 4
power - 8
strikes - 6

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 5
selling - 8
bumping - 7
heat - 5
carrying - 7
push - 5
legacy - 6

Serious Injuries - Neck (Required Surgery)

Outlook - 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 Guerraro 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 consumate 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 Guerraro 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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