Sep 21, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Dean Simon
Weight: 212 lbs.
Date of birth: August 4, 1960
From: Tampa, FL
Pro debut: 1979
Trained by: Boris Malenko
Finishing move: Texas Cloverleaf
- Malenko has wrestled all over the world, spending much time in Mexico and Japan.
- Malenko wrestled with his brother Joe, forming a tag team, until he retired.
- On September 4, 1991, the Malenkos beat Mitsuo Momota and Satoru Asako in Tokyo.
- On January 24, 1992, Malenko defeated the Superstar for the Suncoast Pro Wrestling (SPW) Southern title in Palmetto, FL.
- Malenko defeated Jimmy Backlund for the ICWA Light Heavyweight title on March 12, 1992, in Tampa, FL.
- Malenko won the ECW Television title on November 4, 1994, the same night 2 Cold Scorpio had won the title from Jason.
- Chris Benoit and Malenko won the ECW tag team title on February 25, 1995 from Sabu and Tasmaniac (Tazz) in Philadelphia, PA.
- Malenko won the Television title for a second time on July 21, 1995, by defeating Eddy Guerrero.
- In September 1995, Malenko and Benoit joined WCW.
- On May 2, 1996, Malenko defeated Shinjiro Ohtani for the WCW Cruiserweight title in Orlando, Florida.
- Malenko won his second Cruiserweight title on October 27, 1996, beating Rey Mysterio, Jr. in the process. The Ultimo Dragon relieved Malenko of the title two months later.
- Malenko won the Cruiserweight title back from the Ultimo Dragon on January 22, 1997, in Milwaukee.
- To show his versatility; Dean won the United States Heavyweight title on March 16, 1997, defeating his former ECW foe, Eddy Guerrero.
- Malenko went winless for four consecutive pay-per-views, ending with a loss to Chris Jericho at last year’s “Uncensored.” Gene Okerlund scolded Malenko about the losing streak, and when he asked Dean where he goes from here, Malenko simply replied, “home.”
- Malenko spent the next several weeks away from the ring.
- On May 17, 1998, at “Slamboree,” WCW promoted a 15-man Cruiserweight battle royal, with the winner facing Jericho for the Cruiserweight title. The last two standing were Juventud Guerrera and Ciclope. After a stare down between the two, Juvi shocked everyone, and eliminated himself. Ciclope removed the mask, revealing the face of Dean Malenko.
- Malenko became the first wrestler to win the WCW Cruiserweight title four times, defeating Jericho, in the next match.
- At the 1998 “Fall Brawl,” Malenko beat Curt Hennig via disqualification when the late Rick Rude interfered.
- On September 14, 1998, Ric Flair, Malenko, Benoit, and Steve McMichael reformed the Four Horsemen.
- Malenko and Benoit defeated Barry Windham and Curt Hennig for the WCW World tag team title at the 1999 “Uncensored.”
- At the 1999 “Spring Stampede,” Malenko and Benoit defeated Raven and Perry Saturn.
- Shane Douglas, Malenko, Benoit, and Saturn formed the Revolution.
- Saturn, Malenko, and Douglas defeated the West Texas Red Necks in a six man tag match at the 1999 “Road Wild.”
- It appeared Malenko and Benoit had quit the Revolution after an October tour of Japan. However, Malenko turned against Benoit at “Halloween Havoc” ’99.
- At Mayhem ’99, Malenko, Saturn, and Asya defeated Billy Kidman, Eddie Guerrero, and Torrie Wilson in a 6-person elimination match
- The Revolution defeated Hacksaw Jim Duggan and the Varsity Club at Starrcade ’99.
- After being granted his release from WCW, Malenko debuted on “RAW” on January 31, 2000.
- On March 13, 2000, Malenko pinned Essa Rios for the WWF Light Heavyweight title in East Rutherford, NJ.
- After dropping the Light Heavyweight title to Scottie Too Hottie, Malenko regained it on April 25, 2000.
- After a brief absence from television, Malenko returned to reform the Radicalz with Benoit, Guerrero, and Saturn.
- Malenko defeated Lita on the December 4, 2000 edition of “Raw” to earn a date with her three nights later on “Smackdown.”
- At Armageddon ’00, The Radicalz defeated Lita and the Hardy Boyz in a six person elimination match when Malenko pinned Lita.
- At Insurrextion in London, England, Malenko and Saturn defeated Hardcore and Crash Holly.
- Malenko announced his retirement from the ring at the 2001 Brian Pillman Memorial show in Cincinnati, OH.