Professional wrestling career
Although Nana was born in the United States, he claims also to be the son of an Ashanti tribe member with royal heritage and the heir to the throne of Ashanti in Ghana. When Nana was three, his family relocated to Ghana for five years, returning so that Nana could be educated in America. As a teenager, he relocated to New York City in America as an exchange student. In 1992, at the age of fifteen, Nana watched WrestleMania VIII, and was inspired by the WWF Championship match between "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Ric Flair to become a wrestler. A year later, he wrote to the World Wrestling Federation and asked their advice as to which professional wrestling school he should attend. The WWF recommended that he train under Larry Sharpe, but Nana felt that Sharpe's school (in Westville, New Jersey) was too far away. Instead, Nana became a photographer for Johnny Rodz, who operated Gleason's Gym in New York. Nana worked for Rodz until he turned eighteen, when Rodz began training him as a wrestler. He debuted in 1996, wrestling Big Vito in a church in Spanish Harlem.
Ring of Honor
In 2002, he joined the upstart Ring of Honor promotion, where in 2004 he formed a heel stable known as The Embassy. In storylines, Nana used his wealth gained from the taxes of people of Ghana to hire wrestlers to wrestle his opponents and rivals. Under his management John Walters defended his ROH Pure Championship and Jimmy Rave, Alex Shelley and Abyss won the Trios Tournament in 2006. He remained with Ring of Honor until September 2006, when he gave his notice.
On October 24, 2008, in Danbury, Connecticut, Nana made a surprise return to Ring of Honor, saying he has no more riches, no more crown, and just wants a job before he was dragged away by security. The next night, Nana made an appearance at Ring of Honor's Edison, New Jersey show and did the same thing. Again, he was dragged away by security. The next time ROH was in Edison on January 17, 2009, Nana again appeared, only to be dragged away by security. He has since been featured in segments on the ROH Video Wire. In a March edition of the ROH Video Wire, Nana revealed that he had regained his riches due to President Obama's stimulus package, and has been directing Bison Smith's attacks on ROH wrestlers. On March 20, at the ROH show in Elizabeth, PA, Nana declared that he had officially reformed the Embassy, with himself, Bison Smith and Ernie Osiris. The next day in New York City they were joined by the returning Jimmy Rave. Other members of the stable have come to include Claudio Castagnoli and Joey Ryan.
- Finishing moves
- Wrestlers managed
Championships and accomplishments
- East Coast Wrestling Association
- USA Pro Wrestling
- USA Pro New York State Championship (2 times)
|Ring of Honor|
|ACH • Adam Cole • Adam Page • A.J. Styles • Alex Shelley • Beretta • BJ Whitmer • Bobby Fish • Caprice Coleman • Cedric Alexander • Cheeseburger • Chris Sabin • Christopher Daniels • Dalton Castle • Donovan Dijak • Frankie Kazarian • Hanson • Joey Daddiego • Jay Briscoe • Jay Lethal • Kenny King • Kyle O'Reilly • Mandy Leon • Mark Briscoe • Matt Jackson • Matt Sydal • Matt Taven • Michael Elgin • Moose • Nana • Nick Jackson • Nigel McGuinness • Raymond Rowe • Rhett Titus • Rocky Romero • Roderick Strong • Scarlett Bordeaux • Silas Young • Steve Corino • Stokely Hathaway • Takaaki Watanabe • Truth Martini • Veda Scott • Will Ferrara|