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Accie Julius Conner (born October 22, 1972) is an American Professional Wrestler from Burlington, New Jersey who is best known for his work in WWE from 1997-2003 as D'Lo Brown. Beginning his career in Jersey, D'Lo was soon scouted by the then WWF while working for SMW. In 1995 he wrestled for Heartland Wrestling Association becoming the inaugural champion for the HWA Heavyweight Title, which he's won twice. Around that time, he participated in several tryout matches for WWE until 1997, where he severed as a random mook in The Nation of Domination. As time went on, D'Lo became an Ascended Extra in the Nation to the point where he was the only member Faarooq didn't fire after they failed him. He stayed a member until the stable's end in 1998, before becoming a successful singles mid-carder. In 1999, Brown took responsibility for crippling wrestler, Darren Drozdov in a match. After the incident D'Lo stayed in the lower mid-card for years until being released in 2003. Over the course of his WWE run, he would hold the WWF European Title four times and the WWF Intercontinental Title once. He held both titles simultaneously during a feud with Jeff Jarrett and Mark Henry. D'Lo made a brief WWE return from 2008-2009.

D'Lo would also have three stints in TNA, the first features him in tag teams with AJ Styles and Gran Apolo whom he won the TNA World Tag Team Titles. The second, he served as a road agent for TNA for years...until it was revealed that he was the Vice President of the Aces And Eights. As of 2019, D'Lo is back in Impact in a backstage role.

Other promotions D'Lo has worked with include Pro Wrestling NOAH (where he won the GHC Tag Team Titles with Buchanan aka WWE's Bull Bucannan), two terms in All Japan Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor and returning to Heartland Wrestling Association (nabbing the HWA Tag Team Titles with Matt Stryker in the process).

"You better recognize these tropes!":

  • Ascended Extra: Two examples of D'Lo being this.
    • Before becoming an extra of the Nation, he worked as a jobber in WWE from '94 through '96 under his real name, AC Connor.
    • He debuted during the Nation of Domination storyline as one of the nameless Black men in Clarence Mason's retinue wearing suits and kufe hats. While still a nameless extra he began getting involved in the matches and taking bumps, and acting as more of a bodyguard for Mason than a nameless extra. Then one day Farooq decided to clean house in the Nation. After firing Crush and Savio Vega, he said "D'Lo, hold the ropes." He then fired Clarence Mason and his entire retinue except for D'Lo, and granted D'Lo a place in the new Nation.
  • "Angry Black Man" Stereotype: His debut was as part of the retinue of angry black lawyer Johnny Cochrane, and he was granted membership in the Nation of Domination when Farooq fired everyone except D'Lo. He'd drop the gimmick when he first turned face. In 2002 D'Lo began complaining about racism again and allied with former referee Teddy Long (who in turn dropped D'Lo for the darker skinned Rodney Mack after a couple months).
  • Arch-Enemy: X-Pac. D'Lo and X-Pac feuded over the Intercontinental and European titles, and D'Lo and Mark Henry feuded with X-Pac and Kane in the tag division as well.
  • Badass Teacher: D'Lo was the lead trainer for ITV's Celebrity Wrestling and currently holds a weekly class on Friday for "Future Stars of Wrestling" training center in Las Vegas.
  • Black Dude Dies First: A non-literal (as in, not literally death) example. Was the first Aces & Eights member to end up leaving both the stable and the company.
  • Captain Ersatz: RO&D membership got him on in Fire Pro Wrestling.
  • Catchphrase: "Oh you better recognize just who the hell I am!"
  • Combat Pragmatist: For a time he used a chest protector, for a torn pectoral muscle, in matches. He still used it, even after his muscle had healed to make the Lo' Down (his variation on the Frog Splash) more effective.
  • Cool Mask: Unlike the other members of the Aces & Eights, D'Lo wore a more firm mask with sunglasses where the eye holes should be. Possibly done to cover his skin so his skin color didn't give him away.
  • Demoted to Extra: As a Road Agent and Head of Talent Relations for TNA. Reversed when he was revealed as the VP of Aces & Eights.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Defied, he was adamantly against promoting Black Rose as a female version of himself. D'Lo did fully endorse her however, saying not even he could do a frog splash as well.
  • The Dragon: D'Lo was Vice President of Aces And Eights, taking care of club business and organizing their plans. Well, for a while anyway.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Via a voice changer while wearing the Aces And Eights mask (Aces And Eights being a evil heel biker gang).
  • Finishing Move: Lo' Down (Frog Splash); Sky High (Spine Bomb)
  • Genius Bruiser: Is a Certified Public Accountant; this isn't Wrestling Doesn't Pay, because he never brings it up.
  • Hot-Blooded: D'Lo's temperment could best be described as 'irascible.' He went from just a random guy in a business suit to keeping his job because he'd get physically involved with trained professional wrestlers. As a face he would throw himself against any challenge.
  • Malcolm Xerox: With the Nation and with Theodore Long - both gimmicks were, at their simplest, black men who were angry about everything, blamed it ALL on racism no matter how far they had to bend logic to do so, and wanted to beat up white people.
  • The Mole: Was one working on the inside of TNA for the Aces & Eights.
    • Fridge Brilliance comes into mind as he was the one who got Wes Brisco a contract with TNA since he was a part of The Gutcheck judges for him and voted yes for him getting him a spot on the roster.
      • He even orchestrated Al Snow's disappearance so he could be a judge that week.
      • He also orchestrated Matt Morgan getting into the building a couple of times when Morgan was thought to be out of the company. While Morgan didn't seem to be involved with Aces & Eights (and he wasn't), he had a vendetta against Hogan and a newfound penchant for booting Hogan's favorites, which had potential to prove useful.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Accidentally crippled Darren "Droz" Drozdov in a match, and didn't get over that fact for a while. Not that it was his fault, as the accident occurred due to a wet spot on the canvas, resulting in a botched powerbomb. When a nearly inconsolable Brown went to the hospital, Droz told him it was an accident and not to blame himself. They remained friends and Droz never held any animosity against D'lo to his dying day.
  • Power Stable:
    • (in SMW) The Gangstas.
    • (in WWE) The Nation of Domination, then the Nation after the Rock overthrew Faarooq on the Raw after WrestleMania XIV.
    • (in AJPW) Roughly Obsess and Destroy and the Voodoo Murders.
    • (in TNA) The Aces & Eights.
  • Spell My Name With An S: His name is officially spelled "D'Lo" but it has also been spelled "D-Lo" in the past.
  • The Worf Effect
    • Monty Brown was already a Super Bowl NFL player, and on a winning streak in TNA, but D'Lo really helped establish The Pounce as his finishing move.
    • Beth Phoenix in WWE is an even better example as she didn't even hurt, much less beat D'Lo, as he immediately countered the one hold she managed to apply. The sheer fact Phoenix lifted Brown after Santino Marella failed to was enough to cement her as a serious threat.
  • Trash Talk: Face or heel, in the ring and especially during his entrance D'Lo would be talking a mile a minute, wobbling his head back and forth for emphasis.
  • Too Many Belts: The first person to be Euro-Continental Champion, as in hold both the European and Intercontinental belts at once.
  • Undercrank: The opening for Raw Is War circa 1998-1999 does this to him while he's doing his head bobbing routine. Naturally, it looks creepy.
  • You Have Failed Me: After losing an "I Quit" Match to Kurt Angle, Bully Ray strips him of his jacket and chews him out. After he costs DOC his match directly afterwards, he's demoted straight to the bottom of the pecking order before being kicked out altogether.