Former WCW Cruiserweight Champion Dean Malenko made his AEW Dynamite television debut in a backstage segment with Chris Jericho. Sadly, Jericho did not list his 1,004 holds. You can view a photo below. Malenko works as a coach backstage.
Vince McMahon runs WWE, AEW’s rival, and he had a problem in the past with an AEW star’s weight. Vince McMahon is the CEO of WWE and has the final say in everything that goes on in the company, whether it be related to production, storylines or matches in general. Vince McMahon also offered release to several WWE Champions.
WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross and Conrad Thompson recently spoke on Grilling JR, where they discussed the WWE Judgment Day 2001 pay-per-view. It saw Big Show facing Rhyno and Test in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Hardcore Championship.
Jim Ross revealed that Vince McMahon was concerned about Big Show as he was far too overweight.
“Too big. A lot of start-stop diets. Things you can I can understand. Paulie was just a, he was convinced early on that he was going to be the next Andre, and as a result of that, having that extra weight, north of 400 pounds, was a good thing. So, we wanted to keep investing in him, you know, he was a, for his size, a superheavyweight, very athletic for his size quite frankly, that’s from his basketball days. He had good feet, he moved around pretty decently until he got too heavy, and then, some of the specialness of him started to wane.
I just think that Vince just got very impatient. We were paying him a lot of money. He was earning great money, and so, the thought was maybe he should take more pride in his health, his appearance. Appearance for pro wrestling health, for his life, and you know, we don’t need a guy that can’t pass a physical, not that he couldn’t, but if you can gain any weight, it’s inevitable, it’s bound to happen.”
— Ringside News (@ringsidenews_) May 20, 2021