AEW issued the following announcement in which they reveal they have signed Dean Malenko who recently quit WWE after 18 years.
Globally Renowned Producer & Coach Dean Malenko Joins AEW
-- AEW Signs Malenko to Multi-Year Deal as Senior Producer / Coach --
Las Vegas, NV (May 24, 2019) – AEW today announced a multi-year deal with world-renowned
coach, producer and wrestler Dean Malenko. Effective immediately, the former No. 1-ranked
wrestler in the PWI (Pro Wrestling Illustrated) 500 will take on the role as Senior Producer /
Malenko, who spent the past 18 years producing and coaching some of the biggest starts in
wrestling, is a second-generation wrestler trained by his father, the acclaimed Boris Malenko.
Malenko’s impact will be immediate as he joins AEW this weekend at DOUBLE OR NOTHING, the
highly-anticipated event on Saturday, May 25, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“Dean Malenko has been a massive force behind some of today’s biggest wrestling stars,” said
Cody Rhodes, EVP of AEW. “He’s never stopped being a major talent who was part of the ECW
revolution as well as a fixture in the cruiserweight movement on Nitro. He’s kept an open mind
to our world from Lucha Libre to Japanese pro-wrestling. He’s the perfect fit for our sportscentric mentality, and his experience will be invaluable for our team. Welcome Coach!”
“It’s not often you get an opportunity late in your career to be a part of building something
from the ground floor,” said Dean Malenko. “The freedom to be able to contribute uninhibited
will only lend itself to foster creativity and produce an outstanding product. I’m excited about
what the future holds for AEW, and I can’t wait to be a part of the journey.”
All Elite Wrestling
AEW is a new professional wrestling promotion headlined by members of The Elite (The Young
Bucks, Kenny Omega, Cody and Brandi Rhodes, and Hangman Page) and Chris Jericho. For the
first time in many years, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a growing
roster of world-class male and female wrestlers who are poised to bring new spirit, freshness
and energy to the industry. The inaugural event under the AEW banner is DOUBLE OR
NOTHING on May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, followed by FYTER FEST on
June 29 in Daytona Beach, followed by FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN on July 13 in Jacksonville. For
more info, check out @AEWrestling (Twitter), @AllEliteWrestling (Instagram), /AllEliteWrestling
(FB), AllEliteWrestling (YouTube), and additionally, AllEliteWrestling.com.