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'''Shelly Dean Simon''' (b. 1960 in Irvington, UsefulNotes/NewJersey) is a retired American [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]], trainer and official best known for his work for Wrestling/{{ECW}}, Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{WWE}} as '''Dean Malenko'''. He started his career in 1979 in UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} allied with his father Boris and brother Joe. They had actually broken away from the established Championship Wrestling from Florida to form their own outlaw (runs in the same geographical area as an established territory in opposition) promotion called Sun Belt Wrestling, which did not last very long. He and Joe competed around the Florida independent scene as well as in Japan and in WCW before Joe retired. Malenko became a regular in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling's rising Junior Heavyweight scene, often facing and/or teaming with Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, who was usually known as either Wild Pegasus or the Pegasus Kid, or Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, often known as Black Tiger #2. Malenko went to ECW in 1994, where he would go on to hold the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-tv.html ECW World Television Title]] twice and the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-t.html ECW World Tag Team Titles]] once with Benoit. Malenko continued his feud with Guerrero after he arrived in early 1995. All three went to WCW in the fall of 1995, with ECW announcer Wrestling/JoeyStyles explaining it as being due to something in their contracts with New Japan, which had a working relationship with WCW. In WCW, Malenko would go on to hold the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-us-h.html WCW United States Heavyweight Title]] once, the WCW World Cruiserweight Title four times and the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html WCW World Tag Team Titles]] once with Benoit. He made his [=PPV=] debut successfully defending the WCW World Cruiserweight Title against fellow second-generation wrestler Brad Armstrong at ''WCW [=Slamboree=] 96''. All three along with Wrestling/PerrySaturn jumped to WWE at the start of 2000. Malenko would have two runs with the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/mexico/uwa/wwf-lh.html WWF World Light Heavyweight Title]] and would retire from full-time competition in 2001.

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'''Shelly Dean Simon''' (b. Simon (born August 4, 1960 in Irvington, UsefulNotes/NewJersey) is a retired American [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]], trainer and official best known for his work for Wrestling/{{ECW}}, Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{WWE}} as '''Dean Malenko'''. He started his career in 1979 in UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} allied with his father Boris and brother Joe. They had actually broken away from the established Championship Wrestling from Florida to form their own outlaw (runs in the same geographical area as an established territory in opposition) promotion called Sun Belt Wrestling, which did not last very long. He and Joe competed around the Florida independent scene as well as in Japan and in WCW before Joe retired. Malenko became a regular in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling's rising Junior Heavyweight scene, often facing and/or teaming with Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, who was usually known as either Wild Pegasus or the Pegasus Kid, or Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, often known as Black Tiger #2. Malenko went to ECW in 1994, where he would go on to hold the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-tv.html ECW World Television Title]] twice and the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-t.html ECW World Tag Team Titles]] once with Benoit. Malenko continued his feud with Guerrero after he arrived in early 1995. All three went to WCW in the fall of 1995, with ECW announcer Wrestling/JoeyStyles explaining it as being due to something in their contracts with New Japan, which had a working relationship with WCW. In WCW, Malenko would go on to hold the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-us-h.html WCW United States Heavyweight Title]] once, the WCW World Cruiserweight Title four times and the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html WCW World Tag Team Titles]] once with Benoit. He made his [=PPV=] debut successfully defending the WCW World Cruiserweight Title against fellow second-generation wrestler Brad Armstrong at ''WCW [=Slamboree=] 96''. All three along with Wrestling/PerrySaturn jumped to WWE at the start of 2000. Malenko would have two runs with the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/mexico/uwa/wwf-lh.html WWF World Light Heavyweight Title]] and would retire from full-time competition in 2001.


'''Shelly Dean Simon''' (b. 1960 in Irvington, UsefulNotes/NewJersey) is a retired American [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]], trainer and official best known for his work for Wrestling/{{ECW}}, Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{WWE}} as '''Dean Malenko.''' He started his career in 1979 in UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} allied with his father Boris and brother Joe. They had actually broken away from the established Championship Wrestling from Florida to form their own outlaw (runs in the same geographical area as an established territory in opposition) promotion called Sun Belt Wrestling, which did not last very long. He and Joe competed around the Florida independent scene as well as in Japan and in WCW before Joe retired. Malenko became a regular in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling's rising Junior Heavyweight scene, often facing and/or teaming with Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, who was usually known as either Wild Pegasus or the Pegasus Kid, or Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, often known as Black Tiger #2. Malenko went to ECW in 1994, where he would go on to hold the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-tv.html ECW World Television Title]] twice and the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-t.html ECW World Tag Team Titles]] once with Benoit. Malenko continued his feud with Guerrero after he arrived in early 1995. All three went to WCW in the fall of 1995, with ECW announcer Wrestling/JoeyStyles explaining it as being due to something in their contracts with New Japan, which had a working relationship with WCW. In WCW, Malenko would go on to hold the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-us-h.html WCW United States Heavyweight Title]] once, the WCW World Cruiserweight Title four times and the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html WCW World Tag Team Titles]] once with Benoit. He made his [=PPV=] debut successfully defending the WCW World Cruiserweight Title against fellow second-generation wrestler Brad Armstrong at ''WCW [=Slamboree=] 96''. All three along with Wrestling/PerrySaturn jumped to WWE at the start of 2000. Malenko would have two runs with the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/mexico/uwa/wwf-lh.html WWF World Light Heavyweight Title]] and would retire from full-time competition in 2001.

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Malenko The Other Wiki]].

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'''Shelly Dean Simon''' (b. 1960 in Irvington, UsefulNotes/NewJersey) is a retired American [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]], trainer and official best known for his work for Wrestling/{{ECW}}, Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{WWE}} as '''Dean Malenko.''' Malenko'''. He started his career in 1979 in UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} allied with his father Boris and brother Joe. They had actually broken away from the established Championship Wrestling from Florida to form their own outlaw (runs in the same geographical area as an established territory in opposition) promotion called Sun Belt Wrestling, which did not last very long. He and Joe competed around the Florida independent scene as well as in Japan and in WCW before Joe retired. Malenko became a regular in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling's rising Junior Heavyweight scene, often facing and/or teaming with Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, who was usually known as either Wild Pegasus or the Pegasus Kid, or Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, often known as Black Tiger #2. Malenko went to ECW in 1994, where he would go on to hold the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-tv.html ECW World Television Title]] twice and the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-t.html ECW World Tag Team Titles]] once with Benoit. Malenko continued his feud with Guerrero after he arrived in early 1995. All three went to WCW in the fall of 1995, with ECW announcer Wrestling/JoeyStyles explaining it as being due to something in their contracts with New Japan, which had a working relationship with WCW. In WCW, Malenko would go on to hold the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-us-h.html WCW United States Heavyweight Title]] once, the WCW World Cruiserweight Title four times and the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html WCW World Tag Team Titles]] once with Benoit. He made his [=PPV=] debut successfully defending the WCW World Cruiserweight Title against fellow second-generation wrestler Brad Armstrong at ''WCW [=Slamboree=] 96''. All three along with Wrestling/PerrySaturn jumped to WWE at the start of 2000. Malenko would have two runs with the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/mexico/uwa/wwf-lh.html WWF World Light Heavyweight Title]] and would retire from full-time competition in 2001.

In May 2019, he became a producer for Wrestling/AllEliteWrestling.

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Malenko The Other Wiki]].


** (in WWE): The Radicals, with Benoit, Saturn, Guerrero and [[Characters/WWEDivas Terri Runnels]].
* RealSongThemeTune: In ECW:
** Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue's "Whatta Man"
** Music/DeepPurple's "Perfect Strangers"

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** (in WWE): The Radicals, with Benoit, Saturn, Guerrero and [[Characters/WWEDivas Terri Runnels]].
* RealSongThemeTune: In ECW:
** Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue's "Whatta Man"
** Music/DeepPurple's "Perfect Strangers"
Wrestling/TerriRunnels


* DemotedToExtra: During the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo takeover, Larry Zbyszko and Tony Schiavone said that Dean Malenko didn't matter because he was a cruiserweight and that Wrestling/WilliamRegal was the last champion in WCW.

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* DemotedToExtra: During the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo takeover, Larry Zbyszko and Tony Schiavone Wrestling/TonySchiavone said that Dean Malenko didn't matter because he was a cruiserweight and that Wrestling/WilliamRegal was the last champion in WCW.

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* TheUnfavorite: Wrestling/KarlGotch compares his skills unfavorably to his brother Joe.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: He was a three-way example with Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, though the two were closer to each other than they were to him.

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** NotSoStoic: When Chris Jericho's constant needling of him finally pushed him too far.


* BadassTeacher: His trainees include Wrestling/MollyHolly (at his wrestling school in Florida), [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Shelton Benjamin]] and Wrestling/BrockLesnar (both in OVW).

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* BadassTeacher: His trainees include Wrestling/MollyHolly Wrestling/MollyHolly, Wrestling/{{Kane}} (at his wrestling school in Florida), [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Shelton Benjamin]] and Wrestling/BrockLesnar (both in OVW).


* {{Badass}}
** BadassFamily[=/=]WrestlingFamily
** BadassIsraeli: One of the more recognizable Jews in wrestling over the past 30 years.
** BadassNormal: Not known for strength or aerial ability, but ''very'' well-regarded for his technical skills.
** BadassTeacher: His trainees include Wrestling/MollyHolly (at his wrestling school in Florida), [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Shelton Benjamin]] and Wrestling/BrockLesnar (both in OVW).
** RetiredBadass: Currently works as a road agent for WWE.
*** {{Determinator}}: It was reported on November 22, 2010 that he had suffered a heart attack but he was back to work within ''days.''

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* {{Badass}}
** BadassFamily[=/=]WrestlingFamily
**
{{Badass|Family}} WrestlingFamily: Son of Boris Malenko.
*
BadassIsraeli: One of the more recognizable Jews in wrestling over the past 30 years.
** * BadassNormal: Not known for strength or aerial ability, but ''very'' well-regarded for his technical skills.
** * BadassTeacher: His trainees include Wrestling/MollyHolly (at his wrestling school in Florida), [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Shelton Benjamin]] and Wrestling/BrockLesnar (both in OVW).
** * RetiredBadass: Currently works as a road agent for WWE.
*** {{Determinator}}: It was reported on November 22, 2010 that he had suffered a heart attack but he was back to work within ''days.''
WWE.


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* {{Determinator}}: It was reported on November 22, 2010 that he had suffered a heart attack but he was back to work within ''days.''


-->"''HesBack!''"
-->--'''Mike Tenay''', following Malenko's unmasking.



[[caption-width-right:231:After winning the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-c.html WCW World Cruiserweight Title]] via an ImpersonationGambit at ''WCW [=Slamboree=] 98''.]]

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[[caption-width-right:231:After winning the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-c.html WCW World Cruiserweight Title]] Championship]] via an ImpersonationGambit at ''WCW [=Slamboree=] 98''.]]
]]

->''"HesBack!"''
-->--'''Mike Tenay''', following Malenko's unmasking.

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* DemotedToExtra: During the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo takeover, Larry Zbyszko and Tony Schiavone said that Dean Malenko didn't matter because he was a cruiserweight and that Wrestling/WilliamRegal was the last champion in WCW.


* FanNickname: The trio of Benoit, Malenko and Guerrero were referred to as "The Holy Trinity" or "The New Japan 3."
** MaliciousMisnaming: Jericho would refer to him as "Deano Machino" (which isn't bad) and "Stinko Malenko" (which is.)





* CasanovaWannabe[=/=]CaptainErsatz: In his "Franchise/JamesBond" "Ladies' Man" gimmick in WWE in 2000-2001.

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* CasanovaWannabe[=/=]CaptainErsatz: In his "Franchise/JamesBond" "Ladies' Man" gimmick in WWE in 2000-2001. His teammates Tazz and Perry Saturn helped feed his ego, the latter claiming Dean had more women than the Pope had Catholics.


** (in ECW) The Triple Threat, with Shane Douglas and Benoit

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** (in ECW) The Triple Threat, with Shane Douglas Wrestling/ShaneDouglas and Benoit

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