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As wrestling has transitioned away from the big man era, one can look back at the smaller stars of the 1980s and 1990s and wonder what would have happened if they had debued today. Men like Al Perez, Brad Armstrong, and Brady Boone come to mind. As does Dean Malenko.

Malenko’s technical skills were second to none in the 1990s. Size wise he would fit right in with the current crop of NXT wrestlers set to debut on the main roster. And he would have been just as good of a wrestler as Gargano. With workrate now the driving premium, if Malenko were to debut today, would he be merely be a major player, or could he even be the FOTC?

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He's a standout Technical expert but bland to the point he makes the blandest today full of character.

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Re: If Dean Malenko were 28, what would be his main roster potential?

If Kofi Kingston can be champion in 2019, why not Dean? He's the greatest ring worker of all time.
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Re: If Dean Malenko were 28, what would be his main roster potential?

I'm sure there'd be calls for him to hold the world title. Given who they've been putting the belt on, he probably would.

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Re: If Dean Malenko were 28, what would be his main roster potential?

He's no worse than Rollins on the mic.

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Re: If Dean Malenko were 28, what would be his main roster potential?

Has more charisma than anyone on the current roster. As does Lance Storm.
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His place would be on 205 Live. On the main roster he'd be one of the tiniest and least charismatic guys around and that's saying something.
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Re: If Dean Malenko were 28, what would be his main roster potential?

Would fit right in with the Indisputed Era.

Malenko was pretty popular among smarks back then, the differience is internet wasn't big then, he would be a favorite today for sure.

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Re: If Dean Malenko were 28, what would be his main roster potential?

Pretty sure he'd have a World Title run. Malenko vs. Bryan, Malenko vs. Styles..plenty of ways to go. He'd be all over the forums too, having his own thread.


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Re: If Dean Malenko were 28, what would be his main roster potential?

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His place would be on 205 Live. On the main roster he'd be one of the tiniest and least charismatic guys around and that's saying something.
His billed height is 5'10", which is the same as current NXT champion Johnny Gargano. He's an inch shorter than Tommaso Ciampo. He's an inch taller than Ricochet. The Undisputed Era range in height from 6'0" to 5'10", so he's in their size range. As I've said previously, the average size of the men's roster is rapidly trending downward. He'd fit right in - if not now then very soon.

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