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MALENKO FRIDAY – 5/13 Match of the Day: Dean Malenko vs Syxx

by on May 13, 2011

It’s MALENKO FRIDAY! Let the Iceman sooth you through the end of your work week…

Today we celebrate both Malenko Friday and finish up our Sean Waltman Week, as we go back to Superbrawl VII, as Dean Malenko faced Syxx (aka Sean Waltman) for the WCW Cruiserweight Title.

This was one of the first WCW Cruiserweight Title matches in company history with an actual “heat angle” behind it up to this point. Usually, it was all about how great the matches were leading up to it, but this one was about nWo member Syxx becoming a title belt kleptomaniac and stealing Dean Malenko’s Cruiserweight Title belt after swiping Eddie Guerrero’s United States Title unsuccessfully. Malenko, who’s gotten a reputation after his career ended for being a very dry, mechanical wrestler, really got to show off his fire and intensity here, as he came out guns-a-blazin’ from the get-go. In response, Syxx (who was a Malenko student when he got into wrestling and might’ve known some of Dean’s secrets, though it wasn’t played up on commentary) responded in kind by working over Malenko’s surgically repaired neck, which had never been brought up in Dean’s WCW tenure to this point.

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

-TOM. 

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