Dean Malenko was one of the highlights of WCW’s cruiserweights divisions during the nineties. His matches with Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero were way ahead of their time. Malenko, along with his Radicalz stablemates, defected to WWE in 2000.

Malenko transitioned into a backstage role following his retirement in 2001. He parted ways with WWE on April 26, 2019. The veteran joined Tony Khan’s AEW as a senior producer the very next month. Malenko is still very much part of AEW backstage despite dealing with serious health problems these days.

Tony Schiavone provided an update on Dean Malenko’s medical status on the latest episode of What Happened When. The veteran commentator noted that Malenko suffered a heart attack and is dealing with diabetes in addition to Parkinson’s.

“His health is not good. We had him on Starrcast in Chicago. No one had really talked about it, but he mentioned that he had Parkinson’s. He’s also had a heart attack. He’s got diabetes. So he’s had some serious, serious health problems, but he’s still a part of AEW backstage. They always make sure that he’s, of the big matches when you see like Moxley or Danielson or one of those main events, big main events, Dean is always the coach. One of the reasons that they have Dean as the coach for it is he doesn’t put up with any bullsh*t at all. I’m glad to see him still working, but I’m very sad about his health problems that he’s had these days.”

Dean Malenko continues to prove that he’s a fighter in and out of the ring. We at Ringside News hope that the pro wrestling icon will make his health complications submit.

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Manik Aftab

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