WCW legend Dean Malenko had been one of the biggest stars of the cruiserweight divisions during the nineties. He has shared the ring with legendary names such as Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero. While he made his way 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 outlines health issues of Dean Malenko
During his What Happened When, AEW announcer Tony Schiavone talked about how Dean Malenko has been working backstage for AEW despite health issues:
“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.”