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Uhaa Nation

Uhaa Nation
Birth name Sesugh Uhaa[1]
Born (1987-08-22) August 22, 1987 [2][3]
Sacramento, California[2][3]
Resides [3]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Nation
Uhaa Nation
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2][3]
Billed weight 240 lb (110 kg)[2][3]
Trained by Mr. Hughes[4]
Debut August 17, 2009[3][4]

Sesugh Uhaa (born August 22, 1987)[1][2] is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Uhaa Nation.[4] Starting his career in 2009, Uhaa made his breakthrough in 2011, when he was signed by the Dragon Gate USA promotion, which also led to him making his first trip to Japan to work for Dragon Gate. Standing at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) and weighing 240 lb (110 kg), Uhaa is known both as a high-flyer and a power wrestler.[5]

Early life

Born in professional wrestling.[3] While weight training in high school, he was given the nickname "Uhaa Nation", when his coach noted that he was "as strong as a single nation".[3]

Professional wrestling career

Early career

In 2009, Uhaa began training professional wrestling under independent circuit, but also made trips to Houston, Texas-based Pro Wrestling Alliance (PWA) and Phenix City, Alabama-based Great Championship Wrestling (GCW),[3][6] often working with fellow WWA4 trainee AR Fox.[7]

Dragon Gate and affiliates (2011–present)

On September 9, 2011, Uhaa took part in a tryout seminar held by the Dragon Gate USA promotion.[4] He was immediately signed for appearances for not only Dragon Gate USA, but also its parent promotion, Dragon Gate, and close affiliates Evolve and Full Impact Pro (FIP).[4] He made his wrestling debut for Dragon Gate USA later that same day, defeating Aaron Draven in a squash match.[8] Uhaa made his pay-per-view debut the following day at Untouchable 2011, where he answered Brodie Lee's open challenge and dominated him, before Lee left the ringside area.[9][10] The following day at the Way of the Ronin 2011 pay-per-view, Uhaa defeated Facade, Flip Kendrick and Sugar Dunkerton in a four-way match.[11] On October 29, Uhaa made his first appearance for Full Impact Pro, when he defeated Jake Manning for FIP Florida Heritage Championship.[12] Uhaa then entered a storyline, where different Dragon Gate USA stables tried to recruit him to join them.[13] On November 30, Uhaa made his Japanese debut for Dragon Gate, during an event produced by the villainous Blood Warriors stable. Uhaa defeated Kotoka in a match that lasted 99 seconds, establishing himself as the newest member of Blood Warriors in the process.[14] For the rest of the tour, which lasted until December 25, Uhaa worked alongside the Blood Warriors stable, winning every one of his matches.[15][16] At the end of 2011, Dragon Gate USA named Uhaa the Best Newcomer of the year.[4] He also finished second behind Daichi Hashimoto in Wrestling Observer Newsletter's award category for Rookie of the Year.[17]

Upon his return to the United States, Uhaa made his debut for Evolve on January 14, 2012, with a win over Pinkie Sanchez.[18][19] When the following March, Akira Tozawa took over the leadership of Blood Warriors from Cima and renamed the group Mad Blankey, Uhaa Nation followed along to the renamed stable.[4] On March 29, Uhaa made his first appearance representing Mad Blankey, when he and stablemates Akira Tozawa and BxB Hulk defeated Ronin (Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano and Rich Swann) and D.U.F. (Arik Cannon, Pinkie Sanchez and Sami Callihan) in a three-way trios match.[20] However, during the match Uhaa suffered a knee injury, which, according to his physician, could sideline him for up to a year.[21][22] Uhaa returned to the ring on February 1, 2013, at Full Impact Pro's Everything Burns iPPV, where he successfully defended the FIP Florida Heritage Championship against Chasyn Rance.[23] On March 2, Uhaa returned to Japan and Dragon Gate, when he and BxB Hulk defeated Don Fujii and Masaaki Mochizuki for the Open the Twin Gate Championship.[24] They lost the title to Shingo Takagi and Yamato on May 5.[25] On May 11, Uhaa was pinned for the first time in a Dragon Gate ring, when he was eliminated by Jimmy Susumu in the first round of the 2013 King of Gate tournament.[26] On July 28 at Enter the Dragon 2013, Dragon Gate USA's fourth anniversary event, Uhaa suffered his first pinfall loss in the promotion, when he was defeated by Anthony Nese.[27] On August 9, Uhaa lost the FIP Florida Heritage Championship to Gran Akuma.[28] Back in Dragon Gate, Mad Blankey turned on Uhaa Nation on August 30, after he refused to wrestle Akira Tozawa, who had recently been kicked out of the group. Uhaa then formed a new partnership with Tozawa and Shingo Takagi.[29][30] On September 12, the three were joined by Masato Yoshino, Ricochet and Shachihoko Boy to form a new stable,[31] which was on October 6 named Monster Express.[32] On January 12, 2014, Uhaa received his first shot at Dragon Gate USA's top title, the Open the Freedom Gate Championship, but was defeated by the defending champion, Johnny Gargano.[33] On March 6, Uhaa also received his first shot at Dragon Gate's top title, the Open the Dream Gate Championship, but was defeated by the defending champion, Monster Express stablemate Ricochet.[34] On May 23, it was reported that Uhaa had signed a new contract with Dragon Gate USA.[35]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Great Championship Wrestling
    • GCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[36]
  • Preston City Wrestling
    • PCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)[37]

References

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g ウーハー・ネイション.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Dobson, Jamie (July 16, 2012). "My Interview with the One Man Nation - Uhaa Nation!". 911 Wrestling. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Uhaa Nation".  
  5. ^ Counihan, Alan (June 12, 2012). "June 12 - Dr. Keith Presents: One Nation Under Uhaa!!!".  
  6. ^ "Uhaa Nation". World Wrestling Alliance 4. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ Hawke, TJ (January 14, 2012). "411 Interviews: Uhaa Nation of Dragon Gate and Evolve Wrestling". 411Mania. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Radican, Sean (March 26, 2012). "Radican's DGUSA DVD Review Series: "Chasing the Dragon 2011" - PAC vs. Ricochet Captain's Six Man Tag, Doi-Callihan, Taylor & Gargano vs. Yamato & Yoshio". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ Radican, Sean (May 9, 2012). "Radican's DGUSA DVD Review Series - "Untouchable 2011" 9/11: Yamato vs. Cima, Gargano-Tozawa". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ Babinsack, Joe. "Joe Babinsack reviews Dragon Gate Untouchable".  
  11. ^ Radican, Sean (September 11, 2011). "Radican's DGUSA internet PPV report 9/11: Ongoing coverage of DGUSA show from Milwaukee". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ Trionfo, Richard (October 31, 2011). "2011 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup report: Sixteen of the top wrestlers battle for the trophy and two FIP titles are on the line". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Radican, Sean (September 10, 2012). "Radican's DGUSA DVD Review Series - "Revolt!" 11/11: Ronin vs. Blood Warriors, Tozawa sings, Yamato-Hulk No Rope match". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
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  15. ^ a b "Fantastic Gate 開幕戦".  
  16. ^ a b "The Final Gate 2011".  
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  18. ^ Radican, Sean (January 25, 2012). "Radican's Evolve 10 iPPV report 1/14: Complete review of final show from ECW Arena". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
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  20. ^ Boutwell, Josh (April 1, 2012). "Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly". Wrestleview. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
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  22. ^ Magee, Bob (April 9, 2012). "As I See It 4/9". Wrestleview. Archived from the original on April 11, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  23. ^ Trinfo, Richard (February 1, 2013). "Complete FIP Everything Burns report: New FIP World Champion crowned; tag titles and Florida Heritage title defended; and more". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  24. ^ a b "Champion Gate in Osaka".  
  25. ^ "Dead or Alive 2013".  
  26. ^ "King of Gate2013".  
  27. ^ Radican, Sean (July 28, 2013). "Radican's DGUSA "Enter the Dragon 2013" iPPV Blog 7/28 - Complete live coverage of DGUSA in NYC, plus Top News from the show featuring three title matches". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  28. ^ Gee Schoon Tong, Chris (August 10, 2013). "Show results - 8/9 FIP Heatstroke iPPV: Baretta wins FIP Title, mixed tag TLC match, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  29. ^ "The Gate of Generation".  
  30. ^ "8/30 Gate of Generation". iHeartDG. August 30, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  31. ^ "意地を見せた斎了を下したYamatoに、土井から裏切られた吉野が挑戦表明!ジミーズを下したミレニアルズはベテラン軍を指名!". Battle News (in Japanese). September 13, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  32. ^ 吉野、鷹木、戸澤らの新ユニット本格始動 トライアングルゲート戦はMBに苦杯. Sports Navi (in Japanese).  
  33. ^ Gee Schoon Tong, Chris (January 13, 2014). "Show results - 1/12 Evolve 27 in Jacksonville, Fla.: Gargano defends DGUSA Title, Young Bucks take out Bravados, two big title matches set for next set of shows, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Glorious Gate 2014".  
  35. ^ Johnson, Mike (May 23, 2014). "DGUSA star signs new deal and more news". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Update on GCW Shutdown and Future of Wrestling in Phenix City". Georgia Wrestling History. January 2, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  37. ^ "PCW Heavyweight Championship History". Preston City Wrestling. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  38. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2012". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 

External links

  • Dragon Gate profile (Japanese)
  • Dragon Gate USA profile
  • Uhaa Nation on Facebook
  • Uhaa Nation on Myspace
  • Uhaa Nation on Twitter
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