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Dean Malenko on his battle with Parkinson’s Disease, why he likes Rey Fenix, why he left WWE

Chris Jericho welcomed one of his long-time good friends Dean Malenko as his guest on this week’s “Talk Is Jericho” podcast.

Malenko talked about leaving WWE after spending 19 years with the company, why signing with AEW was an easy decision, his thoughts on the young talent in AEW, how he helped put Rey Mysterio on the map in the United States, stories about Vince McMahon, Eddie Guerrero, his time in Japan working with the British Bulldogs, Stan Hansen, and Bruiser Brody.

Malenko also went into detail on his battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Short excerpt on what Malenko said about when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease:

“I’m 60 years old. They say 60 is usually around the age when you start to get it, but I got it six or seven years ago.”

Malenko talking about Rey Fenix’s in-ring skills:

“He really understands the art of selling and letting things digest with the audience. When he first came here, he was all over the place. He’s slowly but surely starting to grasp that when you’re writing something, with every sentence there’s a period or a coma so you can stop and digest what happened and go on to the next thing where before he was just one long, without periods, and the words all got jammed together.”

Malenko was asked about the working relationship he had with Vince McMahon while working for him in WWE:

“I thought we had a great relationship at the beginning and the middle. We weren’t bad at the end either, it’s just that I thought it was time for me to go.  Vince is very stern and it’s his show. We get that. I don’t think he wanted anything less than perfection. I think he trusted me a lot to go out there and help the talent and try to get the best match and camera angles, and teach guys the business a little bit and help them out. Back then, you were called a producer/agent. We were at the Hammerstein Ballroom and that is when Vince said, ‘From now on, there’s no more agents. I don’t know what agents do. You are now a producer because you help produce the matches. From this day forward, you are a producer.’

Everyone should listen to this interview, available now on every podcast app on iOS and Android devices.

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