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Prince Nana
Ring name(s) Prince Nana
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Billed weight 235 lb (107 kg)[1]
Born 1977
Billed from Ghana, West Africa[1]
Trained by Angel Medina
Big Vito[1]
D-Von Dudley[1]
Johnny Rodz[1]
Mr. Fabian Street[1]
Debut 1996[1]

Prince Nana Osei Bandoh is an American professional wrestler of Ghanaian extraction, better known by his ring name, Prince Nana. He also claims to be an Ashanti prince.[2][3]

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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.[2][4][5][6]

Nana worked regularly for the East Coast Wrestling Association in Delaware and USA Pro Wrestling in New York, as well as making appearances with the WWF and with Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX in Japan.

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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.[7]

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[8]. 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, Joey Ryan, Erick Stevens and Shawn Daivari.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Cyberspace Wrestling Federation
    • CSWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Sonjay Dutt
  • New York Wrestling Connection
    • NYWC Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with MEGA[1]
  • USA Pro Wrestling
    • USA Pro New York State Championship (2 times)

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Prince Nana". OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/p/prince-nana.html. Retrieved May 20, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Clevett, J. (May 31, 2005). "Nana an honorable Prince". Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2005/05/31/1065310.html. Retrieved May 20, 2007. "I was born in the U.S., but when I turned three we went back to Ghana for five years. I came back to go to school. My Father is part of the Ashanti tribe in Ghana, West Africa with Royal Heritage. I am part of that because of my relation to the existing chiefs of the Ashanti tribe. If my uncle is to pass away, because he is the chief uncle, legally I will be the next King." 
  3. ^ "Prince Nana at Cagematch.net". http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=00000734. Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  4. ^ Clevett, J. (May 31, 2005). "Nana an honorable Prince". Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2005/05/31/1065310.html. Retrieved May 20, 2007. "...it was the classic feud between Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Flair that culminated at Wrestlemania 8 that changed his life." 
  5. ^ Clevett, J. (May 31, 2005). "Nana an honorable Prince". Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2005/05/31/1065310.html. Retrieved May 20, 2007. "A year later I was looking into schools and I wrote to the WWE, who told me to go to Larry Sharpe's school. It was too far way because I was living in New York City as an exchange student from Ghana. After a few months I found Gleason's gym on Front Street. I started as a photographer for Johnny Rodz..." 
  6. ^ Schwan, B. (2005). "Ten Questions With Prince Nana". WrestlingClothesline.com. http://www.wrestlingclothesline.com/PrinceNana2.htm. Retrieved May 20, 2007. 
  7. ^ Clevett, J. (May 31, 2005). "Nana an honorable Prince". Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2005/05/31/1065310.html. Retrieved May 20, 2007. 
  8. ^ "10/24 ROH in Danbury, CT. Results & Discussion". October 24, 2008. http://www.rohwrestling.com/messageboard/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=44234. Retrieved October 24, 2008. 

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