Dean Malenko is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling as a senior producer. He is best known for his time with Extreme Championship Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and the World Wrestling Federation.
Although never a world champion, Malenko achieved championship success in ECW, WCW and the WWF, winning 11 total titles between the three organizations. Pro Wrestling Illustrated named Malenko the #1 wrestler in the world in 1997, and he was inducted into the Hardcore Hall of Fame in 2015.
Five-time WWE world champion Daniel Bryan said that his "number one guy, growing up, was Dean Malenko. Following his retirement, he worked as a road agent for WWE for 18 years from 2001 until 2019. In a long interview with Fightful, Malenko reflected on joining AEW: “I’m excited.
Anything that can bring wrestling back a little bit and give guys an opportunity to go out and make a living. It’s got a lot of energy. People are talking about it, and I’m happy to be a part of it. I’ve been busy the last 18 years, and haven’t had the opportunity to see a lot of these young guys, but I’m looking forward to that for sure.
I’ve been weighing my options and seeing where I was going to land. I’ve known Cody for several years, and his family, I just thought that was the opportunity I needed to go to”.