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Dean Malenko says he would have been released if he was still with WWE during the pandemic

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This week on the PWI Podcast, Dean Malenko is the special guest and he talked about working behind-the-scenes at AEW and his wrestling career including stories from his time in WCW and WWE.

Here are some highlights:

Dean Malenko was asked if he agreed with being ranked #1 in the PWI Top 500 in 1997: “No, I never got in the business for the accolades or a pat on the back. My dad was in the business and it was the next step for me and it was something I enjoyed doing. I enjoyed the wrestling aspect of it and made a lot of really good friends. I got to travel the world. I never took any of that stuff real serious though.”

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Did it help him make the case that he deserves more respect in the business: “I think it would have had more respect from a standpoint if it was the fans that voted on it. Then I could see a promoter saying, hey, this guy is worth something because people are looking at him.”

Malenko was asked: “You chose to go to AEW. When you saw WWE producers being let go or furloughed after they did a house cleaning in the middle of the pandemic, do you feel like you dodged a bullet?” Malenko responded: “I know it would have been me. I probably would have been at the top of the list.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit The PWI Podcast with a h/t to for the transcription.