Former WWE agent and WCW legend Dean Malenko recently appeared on the official AEW Unrestricted podcast. The ‘Man of 1000 Holds’ would discuss a number of topics from his illustrious career, with notable time being dedicated to talking about Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero.
Malenko recalled a humorous story with Eddie Guerrero during their time in Extreme Championship Wrestling. Both men appeared for the brand until they were signed by WCW and both eventually moved on to the WWF/E.
Talking about the rigours of being a professional wrestler, Malenko replied “how do you cope with that? It’s laughter. Just ribbing each other, just having fun and car rides and hotel rooms and just crazy antics. Nothing that hurts anybody, hurt somebody’s feelings, but we just had a lot of fun. Travelling over with these guys and telling stories and coming up with stories.”
Malenko would then describe how he, Benoit and Guerrero were jokers backstage but when the time to be professional called they were the best in the business. “When it was time to go to work? When the bell rang? We knew what it was all about, you know?”
The ‘Iceman’ then revealed the story involving him and Eddie from their days in ECW. “To that point, I was booked for a show with Paul E one time in Orlando. Eddie came in a couple days earlier. He stayed with me and my wife in Tampa, just a little over an hour drive to the venue. So we’re sitting there watching a football game and having a couple beers and before I knew it, my wife, walked down the stairs. She said ‘haven’t you got a show tonight?’ We were like ‘holy sh*t’ 30 minutes before the bell time and it was an hour drive.”
Malenko continued, saying “Eddie’s like scrambling, throwing stuff on the ground. We’re working against each other and I would probably say that was our saving grace. We never talked about the match in the car. Then we get to the venue and Paul E is just steaming. ‘Where in the hell you guys been!? You guys are up next, go get ready! And 20 minutes later we get back to and Paul was like ‘that was one of the best matches ever.’ He’s pissed off was because we were late, but that got forgotten quickly!”