Dean Malenko has praised Rey Fenix, saying that the luchador has improved massively as a wrestler in the time the two have worked together in AEW.
Malenko joined AEW in May 2019 as a backstage producer. This was a role Malenko had held in WWE for eighteen years until his release from the company in April 2019.
The former 4-time WCW Cruiserweight Champion was discussing his career with Chris Jericho on the Talk Is Jericho podcast. As the conversation turned to current AEW competitors, Malenko then complimented Rey Fenix and his in-ring skills.
“He’s really understood the art of selling and letting things digest with the audience. When I first came here, he was all over the place. Slowly but surely, he’s starting to grasp that when you are writing something, in every sentence there is a period and a comma.”
Fenix competes using a high-flying luchador style that is common amongst Mexican wrestlers. A common criticism of the style is it is too fast-paced and the crowd does not have time to react to moves. Malenko explained that he sees Fenix taking more time, allowing the audience to fully digest what they see.
“So you can stop, digest and go onto the next thing. Before it was like one long book with no periods, all the words just got jumbled together. To me, he is one of the top guys we have in the company. Every week I watch him and I’m amazed more than the previous week when I see him.”
Dean Malenko then also discussed the trials and tribulations of living with Parkinson’s disease. Malenko first publicly announced he was suffering from the condition in August 2019.
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