A monthly in depth look at the ECWA performers by Josh Martin
By: Josh Martin
He is the most hated wrestler in the 41 year history of the ECWA, but one has to contend, perhaps one of the most successful as well. He is Prince Nana, who originally comes from royalty in Ghana, West Africa. He exploded onto the ECWA scene some 7 years ago and has been at the top of the ratings ever since. He is a former ECWA Heavyweight and Mid Atlantic Champion. At one time he mastermind his way to owning part of the promotion, only to lose it in a controversial match. The majority of fans despise this talented grappler from Ghana, but for all his faults of greed and arrogance, he does have the admiration and respect of being one of the best performers in the history of the promotion. Prince Nana can deliver strong interviews and promo work. He can wrestle any style of match with any type of opponent. He is a master of exciting the crowds which is perhaps his biggest asset. I recently had an opportunity to pose several questions to this ECWA icon. I hope you enjoy.
Ring Name? Prince Nana
Height? 5' 10"
Weight? 230 lbs.
Character hails from? Ghana West Africa
Birthdate? (month & day) 8/1
Years Pro? 12
Trained by? I was trained by Johnny Rodz. There where a few other guys that I respected and valued their opinion. Devon was one of them. There where others that where there much more once he started doing ECW. Big Vito and Angel.
Where did you train? Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn NY. I also trained a few guys as apart of what made the training at Johnny's school cool.
Style of wrestling? (old school)
Favorite moves? Ghana DDT, Running Hipp Crash to corner, Face Breaker.
Finishing moves? Ghana DDT, Running Hipp Crash to corner, Face Breaker.
Notable ECWA feuds? Cheetah Master
Favorite ECWA opponents? Scoot Andrews, Fallen Angel, Amazing Red, Ace Darling
How long have you been in wrestling? 12 years.
What made you want to get into wrestling? The Drama. The in ring stuff and the fame.
When did you join the ECWA? I joined in 2001.
How did you joining the ECWA come about? Originally my good friend Dennis, told me about this company that we should go and check out because it held the Super 8 Event. The only friend that I knew working there was Low Ki.
I tried for months, and finally got a call from Jim Kettner, fresh off my WWE match against Steve Blackman in Long Island NY.
What do you like about the ECWA? No Stress. Guys are ready to entertain! No Ego's !
What do you think about the ECWA fans? I'm not too crazy about the fans...but I can deal with signing autographs and whatnot
What have been your favorite ECWA moments? Winning the ECWA Heavyweight Championship from Scoot Andrews, and working with a talented locker room.
How did the Prince Nana character come about? My backround. The whole family is from Ghana West Africa. I'm a first generation African American.
What is the Prince Nana character all about? Roots, Power, Money and respect. Nana is the bad guy of all bad guys in Wrestling. (People love to hate what I do in wrestling)
Your thoughts on the current state of the wrestling business? I think itís slow for new wrestlers trying to make it but I believe the companies are doing ok.
Favorite Food? Chinese
Favorite music? Hip Hop/R&B/Jazz ect.. (everything)
Favorite band/artist? Jay Z and Notorious B.I.G
Favorite color? Blue
Favorite sports team? Jets
Favorite athlete? Kurt Angle
Favorite wrestlers? Kurt Angle, Homicide and Hernandez, Hiro Matsuda, HHH
Favorite TV shows? Raw
Favorite movies? A Bronx Tale
Favorite actor? Denzel Washington
Favorite actress? Halle Berry
What sports do you like to watch? Golf, Basketball, Football
What sports do you like to play? Wrestling, Boxing, Basketball, Hand ball, Football, Golf.
What hobbies do you have? I'm a Pro Photographer and a Trained Actor. I also can sing!
What do you do in your spare time? Relax with friends and family, Movies, and dinner. I watch wrestling on TV whenever I Can.
What kind of work outside wrestling to you do? I own a B2B /Entertainment Management office based out of Downtown Brooklyn. We recently closed a deal with Grammy award winning producer Steve Pageot.
Who have been your biggest inspirations? Doris B, Ric Flair, Mr. Perfect, the WWE story, and Obama
What are your aspirations (professional & personal)? To be Happy doing whatever in life. Wrestling makes me happy and so do other things.