Malenko appeared along the rest of the WWE roster after the April 23, 2012 episode of Raw to celebrate John Cena's 35th birthday. The duo emerged winner and Malenko became a double champion. , Later that year, with Benoit having drifted away from the group, Malenko engaged in a feud with Guerrero and Saturn which stemmed from Guerrero's on-screen relationship with Chyna and a number of losses suffered when working as a tag team with Saturn. At Bash at the Beach (1999), Malenko challenged David for the US title but lost the match. , On February 27, 2007, Místico (later known in WWE as Sin Cara) defeated Malenko in a tryout dark match before a TV taping in San Jose, California. His brother, Joe Malenko, too, was a prominent wrestler and is now retired. The gimmick was born out of a match with The Godfather, who offered one of his female escorts to Malenko instead of wrestling him.  Their eldest, Larrisa, was born December 25, 1997. In 1995, he bagged his second ‘ECW Television Championship’ after a battle with Eddie Guerrero, only to lose it back to the latter in a week’s time. , In September 1998, Malenko became a part of the final incarnation of Ric Flair's Four Horsemen faction. In the semifinal match, Malenko, then popularly known as ‘the Shooter’ lost to Shane Douglas who finally won the title. However, he was stripped of the title, as he did not wrestle as himself. At Slamboree 1998, Jericho held a Battle Royal for a shot at his Cruiserweight Championship. Best Wrestlers That Never Became World Champions.  A month later, Malenko dropped the Television title to 2 Cold Scorpio.  Malenko then appeared on the March 31, 2008 episode of Raw to join The Four Horsemen and other WWE superstars in a farewell tribute to Ric Flair. After Guerrero took the belt back, Malenko hit him in the back of the head with the camcorder and knocked the champion out, enabling him to pin Guerrero and win his first United States Championship.  They feuded with the New World Order (nWo), particularly Eric Bischoff. In July 1999, he and Benoit joined Shane Douglas and Perry Saturn to set up another professional wrestling stable, ‘Revolution’ after the previously created ‘Four Horsemen’ got disbanded. He and all the others in the ring were attacked by the Nexus. Dean Malenko, a Jew, was born on August 4, 1960 in Irvington, New Jersey in a family of wrestlers. Together with Chris Benoit, he wrestled against Sabu and Tazmaniac for the ‘ECW Tag Team Championship’ in February. He was also awarded as the best technical wrestler for two consecutive years for 1996 and 1997. Retired American professional wrestler best known for his work for ECW and WCW during the 1990s.  In the ensuing two months, Jericho proceeded to mercilessly taunt Malenko, including insulting Malenko's father and attacking Malenko's brother.  That December, he defeated his student, Chad Collyer, by disqualification in the WWF farm promotion, the Heartland Wrestling Association.  The following Friday on SmackDown!, Malenko once again appeared after a match between Chris Benoit and Triple H, and the three embraced. , On May 24, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) announced that Malenko has joined them as a senior producer. After the match, the otherwise collected Malenko was left in an unusual fit of frustration. , Malenko's feud with the Hardy Boyz and Lita continued in early 2001, culminating with Lita pinning him (with some assistance from Matt Hardy) in a match on the February 19, 2001 edition of Raw Is War. On the June 5, 2018 episode of Smackdown Live, Malenko appeared during the contract signing between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.  Around this time, Malenko briefly became known as "Double Ho Seven", a parody of the fictional character, James Bond.  The two continued to battle over the Television Title and fought a series of matches that led to them being offered a WCW contract.  Juventud won the match and the title. His technical skills as a wrestler also enabled him to set up matches that were different from WWE style of wrestling. In 2010, he suffered a heart attack, but was quickly back to work to fulfil his commitment as the producer for the ‘Survivor Series’. A title feud with Crash Holly would begin after Crash interfered in a two-on-one intergender handicap match between Malenko, and both Jacqueline and Ivory, costing him the match. In 1995 itself, he, along with Benoit, Sabu and Guerrero became associated with WCW. In 1992, he recorded a win in the ‘Suncoast Pro Wrestling’ (SPW) southern championship in Florida and the ‘ICWA Light Heavyweight’ championship in Tampa. He was very sad since two of his close friends, Eddie and Benoit, both died, but said he was happy that they were together again. This came after Malenko was a road agent for them for the previous 18 years. As an agent, for the next 18 years, he booked tag matches and endeavoured to promote shorter talents. The match between the two took place at Uncensored the next month and interference from Syxx played a role again. To better Malenko's claims, Jericho boasted that he was "The Man of 1,004 Holds" and the two had a final showdown at Uncensored 1998 for the Cruiserweight title. He was ranked 161 by the same magazine in 2003. Dean Simon (born August 4, 1960) is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Dean Malenko. Opinionated: 6 Ideas WWE Should Utilise From WCW! , Simon had a heart attack in the latter half of 2010, but was back at work by Survivor Series on November 21. In May 2000, he suffered a defeat at the hands of Guerrero at the WWF ‘European Championship’. In 1994, Malenko joined Eastern Championship Wrestling (ECW) on August 27, 1994, as a heel participating in a professional wrestling tournament for the vacant NWA World Heavyweight Championship.  He held the title for two months, making successful defenses against the likes of Brad Armstrong, Rey Mysterio, Jr. and Disco Inferno before losing the title to Mysterio on the July, 8 edition of Nitro. Retired American professional wrestler best known for his work for ECW and WCW during the 1990s.  Malenko became known as "The Shooter" and was given a gimmick similar to an Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter (due to his resemblance to Royce Gracie).  In November 2013, he was taken to a hospital and later sent home from a WWE European tour after suffering chest pains.  He retained the belt at Slamboree on May 18, 1997 by defeating Jeff Jarrett, but lost the title to him on the June 9, 1997 episode of Nitro. Chris Jericho's 30th Anniversary Celebration, Full Sail Ahead/Project H - Unaired Pilot, WWE: OMG!  Malenko defeated Dragón on the January 22, 1997 Clash of the Champions XXXIV to win his third WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Dean Malenko went to Jesuit High School and learnt wrestling from his father and the German professional wrestler and trainer, Karl Gotch. He defeated Osamu Nishimura in the quarterfinals before he ended up losing to the eventual winner Shane Douglas in the semifinals. He continued in his role as a heel and owing to his villainous persona, was nicknamed ‘the Iceman’. He teamed with his brother Joe for years. and held it until losing it to Crash Holly (Michael Lockwood) on the March 13, 2001 "WWF Sunday Night Heat." He retained the title for about a year before conceding defeat to Crash Holly in March 2001. , On April 26, 2019, Malenko and WWE ended their working relationship. As Double Ho Seven, Malenko competed for the affections of Lita and feuded with her tag team the Hardy Boyz.  After a brief absence from TV, Malenko returned to reform The Radicalz with Guerrero, Benoit, and Saturn. In January 2000, he signed up with WWF and together with Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, and Perry Saturn, established another wrestling stable called the ‘Radicalz’. , In the summer of 1995, Malenko feuded with TV Champion Eddie Guerrero, culminating in a match on July 21 where Malenko defeated Guerrero to win his second ECW Television Championship. He even offered Lita a title match for his Light Heavyweight Championship, but under the condition that if she lost she would be obliged to go on a date with him. The new group, too, did not last long and fell apart soon. Between 1988 and 1992, he travelled to Japan and wrestled under the name of Dean Sockoff. Malenko was born into a wrestling family, and his father Boris Malenko was a prominent wrestling figure. He then unmasked, revealing himself to the crowd following his win. The two wrestled in a series of television matches after this and their skills made these matches very popular during that time. In the early 1980s, Dean Malenko began his career as a referee in the Tampa region and for a while in mid 1980s, also worked for the WWF in the same capacity.  Two weeks later, they lost the titles to Rey Mysterio, Jr. and Billy Kidman.  Malenko was stripped of the title, however, as he did not earn the title shot as himself. Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/dean-malenko-48631.php, Top NBA Players With No Championship Rings, The Top 25 Wrestling Announcers Of All Time, Famous Role Models You Would Like To Meet. While working for WCW, he bagged ‘Cruiserweight Championship’ four times and ‘United States Heavyweight Championship’ and ‘WCW World Tag Team Championship’ (again with Chris Benoit) one time each. , In the beginning of 1995, Malenko formed a faction called the Triple Threat with Chris Benoit and Shane Douglas. In 2001, Dean Malenko retired and began to work as a road agent for WWE. The American professional wrestling magazine, ‘Pro Wrestling Illustrated’ gave him the top spot in its list of 500 single wrestlers in 1997. , After a successful title defense against Psychosis at World War 3 (1996), Malenko lost the Cruiserweight title to Ultimate Dragon (Último Dragón) at Starrcade 1996 where Dragón's J-Crown Championship was also on the line. On the May 22, 2000 "Raw," the Radicals (Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn) faced the Godfather (Charles Wright) and Essa Rios.  He made an appearance on the June 28, 2010 episode of Raw congratulating Ricky Steamboat on his DVD release.  At Starrcast III in August 2019, Simon revealed that he suffers from Parkinson's disease. He lost the Cruiserweight title to Guerrero at ‘Starrcade 1997’ and to Chris Jericho at ‘Uncensored 1998’. In June the same year, though, he lost the title to Jeff Jarrett in ‘Nitro’.