A devastating injury almost knocked James Bonavia out of the professional wrestling business for good. Now he’s back, and the 6’9” building superintendent known by his fans as Malta the Damager is ready for a rematch.

Bonavia was born into the world of professional wrestling. His grandfather was a bodyguard for the Archbishop Gonzi of Malta and his uncle, Barron Mikel Scicluna, was an early pioneer in the World Wide Wrestling Federation.

After 17 years of working the independent circuit in small venues around the northeastern United States, the Astoria, Queens native is nearing the end of his career. His body has suffered decades of abuse and he has never been called up to the "big show." His wife and kids want him to retire, but Bonavia couldn’t turn down the chance to get in the ring one more time with his nemesis Big Daddy Viscera.

Hundreds of anxious spectators showed up at St. Patrick’s Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn on October 5th to witness his highly anticipated return.

Links:
Malta the Damager Highlights Reel on Youtube
youtube.com/watch?v=6trJ_41ixO8

The Meaning of a Punch
nymag.com/news/features/41006/index3.html

Malta the Damager on Facebook
facebook.com/pages/Malta-The-Damager/216135331783749

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