Bam Bam Malone stands a few inches over six feet tall and weighs in at 225 pounds. His long dirty blonde hair and goatee, a tattoo-sleeved arm, and leather apparel combined with his stature leave little room for imagination. Bam Bam looks like a rock star, but most importantly, when he steps into the ring he looks like a pro wrestler.
The 24-year-old, from Forney, Texas has been wrestling for seven years. In that period, Bam Bam has wrestled against the likes of Keith Lee, Rodney Mac, Chase Stevens, Ray Rowe, and Charlie Haas. Most recently, Bam Bam has wrestled on television with Memphis Championship Wrestling and SWE Fury out of Texas. His style screams old-school wrestling and there is a reason for that.
“I am always learning something about the business. One can never quit learning,” Bam Bam Malone said. “I try to take in as much as I can from the veterans in the locker room so I can perfect my skills.”
When it comes to hitting the road and traveling to the next booked gig, Bam Bam doesn’t mind getting behind the wheel of his vehicle. He knows how important it is to get out to different promotions and work with an array of talent. Friends of the pro wrestler think that he is a little crazy for driving so far just to wrestle, but Bam Bam doesn’t let that bother him.
“If you don’t like to travel, then you don’t need to be in professional wrestling,” Malone affirmed. “Sometimes I will drive eight hours just to step in the ring for 15 minutes, but that 15 minutes makes the long drive worth every mile.”
Bam Bam was just five years old when he discovered Wrestlemania 17 on VHS at a family-owned video store in his hometown. The tape contained the legendary triangle ladder match between The Dudley Boyz, the Hardy Boys, and Christian and Edge. As soon as Bam Bam picked it up off the shelf, he knew he had to have it. He took it to his parents and they rented it for him.
“That was my first vivid memory of watching professional wrestling,” Malone recalled. “I must have watched that match between 30 or 40 times before my parents had to return it.”
Bam Bam has always considered being fortunate because his parents let him watch just about anything he wanted to. They even let him watch horror movies. That freedom allowed him to be open to new things and new possibilities.
From the time that he was five years old, Bam Bam knew he wanted to wrestle and as his luck would have it, he learned that the football coach at his school had wrestled as Brett Idol.
At the age of 17 and a Junior in high school, Bam Bam decided that he was going to talk to the coach about the in-ring sport. What started out as small talk and joking around, turned into a serious talk about what his true intentions were.
“My coach wanted me to continue with football and get through my senior year,” Malone explained. “The day after I had my first session of spring training I turned in my pads because I knew I wanted to pursue wrestling.”
Brett could tell that Bam Bam was determined so he reached out to the Christian Wrestling Federation in Rockwall, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. For the young teen to start training his mother had to sign a waiver. She did it without hesitation and Bam Bam was allowed to start at the promotion’s school.
To this day Bam Bam has not had second thoughts on his decision to become a wrestler. Except for a couple of unforeseen injuries and the time he needed to concentrate on healing, Bam Bam has been actively working as a wrestler since he started. Bam Bam possesses a couple of qualities that are sure to guarantee him success in professional wrestling. They are in the ability to keep an open mind and his willingness to learn.
“I feel like I have a lot of improving to do, just like everyone else does,” Malone stated. “But I feel like I am surrounding myself with the right people.”
No one can argue about the people with who Bam Bam has surrounded himself. Last year before the Covid pandemic, he started wrestling with SWE Fury. The great thing about this Texas-based promotion is that it has a mix of young wrestlers along with several veterans of the business.
Wrestlers like Jazz, Rodney Mac, Tim Storm, Andrew Anderson, and Brent McKenzie have stepped into the ring for action. On the outside of the ring the company has brought in personalities such as Kevin Sullivan, Teddy Long, Mark Henry, and the Grappler to do commentary or to act as managers.
“It is humbling to me to have someone like Kevin Sullivan critique my match and give me feedback,” Malone admitted. “I pull up a seat, sit down, shut up, and listen.”
In February, Bam Bam got to wrestle in what he calls his favorite match of his career. It was against Charlie Haas. The match took place in Irving, Texas and the winner would become the number one contender for the company’s heavyweight title.
The venue held nearly 400 wrestling fans who witnessed the two men battle it out for nine minutes. In the end, Charlie’s arm was raised in victory, but even though Bam Bam lost, it will be something he won’t soon forget.
“I grew up watching Charlie on T.V. so for me it was pretty cool,” Malone added. “I was trying to stay focused because I was there to do a job, but the nine-year-old kid in me was freaking out.”
Bam Bam has plans to continue growing as a wrestler and taking as many matches as he can. He believes by staying active he will keep adding to the knowledge that he already has for the business.
Most people who wrestle want to end up working for the WWE, Bam Bam is no different, but he would be just as honored to wrestle for any major company.
“I genuinely want to take this thing as far as I can. This is what I want to do with my life. Whether it is AEW, WWE, Ring of Honor, New Japan, I just want to make a run at this, I would be lying if I didn’t say the WWE was my main goal. I think every kid wants to be a WWE wrestler.”