Dean Malenko Shoot Interview
There are very few men in this business that are considered the best at what they do but make no mistakes about it, this man, the man with a 1000 holds is up there on that list and respected by everyone on a global level. Dean Malenko for the first time ever sits down with RFVIDEO to discuss his entire wrestling career and holds nothing back, even discussing the biggest tragedy's that shook the wrestling world in the mid 2000’s with Eddy Guerrero and Chris Benoit. We cover his entire career from what it was like growing up in a wrestling family. When did his dad smarten him up to the business What are his early memories getting into the business as you will hear it all.
Dean discusses with RFVIDEO his early Japanese career for UWF and how he ended up working for Giant Baba and All Japan Pro Wrestling. Dean made a huge name for himself early in his career by becoming one of the best workers and crafting his style in the land of the rising sun. Did you know that Dean was a referee for the WWF before he made a name for himself. You will hear why Dean left All Japan to work for New Japan and it was in New Japan where a friendship was formed with two of the best workers of all time. A bond that later would end tragic but non less they were friends until the very end. Dean goes into great detail how he first met Eddy Guerrero and Chris Benoit in New Japan. You will hear tons of road stories not only in Japan but of course in WCW and WWF and who can forget ECW!!! We talk about his initial meetings with ECW and how he wound up working for Paul Heyman. What were his thoughts on the ECW locker room and some of the more violent matches. You will hear inside stories on the Malenko-Guerrero Classic from ECW, thoughts on Taz and Sabu and so much more from ECW. There are just so many ECW stories as this was a great part of the shoot.
Why did Dean leave ECW for WCW with Chris Benoit and Eddy Guerrero? Did he think it was the right decision? We talk about all of his major programs in WCW including working Rey Mysterio, working the cruiserweight division, evolution of the Brian Pillman character and tons of Pillman stories. What was it like being around Hogan, Nash and Hall. What was Eric Bischoff like to work for and how did politics play a role if any during his run. What did it mean to become a horseman for Dean? He talks about so many issues that took place during his time in WCW and how they were not used correctly and why the radicals always stuck together. What were his memories of the entire Sullivan, Benoit and Nancy storyline and what was real and what was a work. We talk all about Chris Jericho, the WCW landscape always changing with new bookers including Russo and Ferrara.
You will hear first hand details on why Dean and his inner circle who always stuck together quit WCW and what lead up to it. How did they first meet Vince McMahon at a hotel when they were still under contract with WCW and details emerge about a secret phone call with Bruce Prichard. Why it took a year for them to leave and how he wound up at the same hotel a year later making his WWE debut that he first ran into Vince at. What was it like to make his WWE debut with his friends. Why was Shane Douglas left behind? We talk about all of his major storylines that he was involved in during his WWE run as well.
We could not sit down with Dean and not discuss the tragic passing of Eddy Guerrero. We talk all about that day and the days leading up to it. Eddy is a big part of the interview during so many chapters of his life, so if you love Eddy Guerrero his stories are the best. We talk to him about Vicki getting involved in the business and if he liked that idea. We had to ask Dean all about the Chris Benoit murder suicide as Dean gives his views on what happened. We talk about the weeks before it and what happened after the incident. We asked him every question you would want to know as nobody knew Eddy and Chris better than Dean.