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Ian Dean (July 3, 1970) is a retired professional wrestler, best known as Doc Dean.


Dean made his debut at the age of 14 in 1984 for All Star Promotions. He later teamed up with Robbie Brookside to form The Liverpool Lads, a successful tag team in Britain. Foreign Tours of Japan, Africa and Asia would arrive in the 1990s, along with a heel turn on partner Brookside, setting up an exciting feud between the two. On occasions, Dean would team up with the third member of The Liverpool Lads, Liverpool-born Frankie Sloan.

In 1997, Dean was invited to attend the Super J Tournament in Japan for New Japan Pro Wrestling. In what could be considered the apex of his career, he was allowed to get a rub by being allowed to defeat Jushin "Thunder" Liger because of his potential to become a spectacular junior heavyweight. Later that year, he would sign a contract with World Championship Wrestling (WCW). In what might be considered ironic to some and sardonic to others after his success and support in Japan, he was made an immediate jobber with all of his matches being squashes. One of his more infamous jobs involved him being dominated and manhandled by female wrestler Jacqueline Moore. He would work for them until 1998, when he decided to retire from wrestling as "His head was battered" from the business. Dean would use his US Green Card to his advantage and set up his own plumbing business in Florida shortly after retiring.

In 2000, it was reported he was working occasional events for a local wrestling promotion in Florida. Brian Dixon of All Star Wrestling has often tried to bring the Dean back to the United Kingdom for a series of Liverpool Lads reunion tours but so far has been unsuccessful.

Championships and accomplishments

  • EWU European Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Robbie Brookside
  • Other Championships
  • British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship

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