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MALENKO FRIDAY: 4/22 Match of the Day – Dean Malenko vs Essa Rios

by on April 22, 2011

Today’s Match of the Day is the first World Wrestling Federation match in our Malenko Friday series, as Dean Malenko faces Essa Rios from the August 20, 2000 episode of Sunday Night Heat.

Rios got a bad rap during his WWF run for not being adaptable to the WWF style, causing some of his work to look super-loose and awkward. Malenko showed great versatility, proving himself to be probably Rios’ best base during his WWF run. You’d NEVER see anyone (sans maybe Trent Barreta) take the ridiculous bumps that Rios took in this match on a B-show in 2011, but Malenko made sure they got the most out of them by spreading things out, as opposed to your usual WWF Rios match where he’d go apecrap early. The finish wasn’t anything too insane, but I thought it was kind of clever, as well.

To see the match in its entirety, click under the cut!


One Comment
  1. Hey, I was there live for that match. It was on a Sunday Night Heat that included Kurt Angle/Matt Hardy and Lo Down vs. Al Snow and JUST JOE.

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