Top 50 Wrestlers Of The 1990s: #49 - Dean Malenko
WrestleMania 34 is coming up, and being a wrestling fan, I tend to get a little more nostalgic for them olden days of when wrestlers didn't have scripts in front of them. DeLorean back to my early days of fandom during the 1990s and you had a product that was hotter than a 1994 white Ford Bronco containing an ex-football star (okay, slight exaggeration, the whole O.J. thing did get an FX series after all).
So from now up until "The Grandest Stage of Them All", I will release my Top 50 wrestlers of the 1990., factoring in their impact from the kid-friendly first half to the cuss-ridden, beer drinking second half to determine where exactly your favorite heel or face fall in rank.
#49: Dean Malenko
Hailing From: Irvington, NJ
Finisher: The Texas Cloverleaf
Son of legendary wrestler, Boris Malenko, Dean Malenko went by not one, not two, but THREE notorious nickname: "The Shooter", "The Iceman" and "The Man Of 1,000 Holds". From luchadore to main eventer, Dean could square off against any competitor under any kind of circumstance.
Dean didn't make it to the WWF until after the 2000 Y2K meltdown, but what he added to both during his 90s tenures in ECW and WCW was extremely underrated. He was a big part of establishing ECW's "credible technical wrestling" side and along with Chris Jericho & Rey Mysterio, he helped to put WCW's Cruiserweight division on the map. If only we could have been graced with "Ladies Man/007" Malenko during this decade.