Sylvester Terkay

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Sylvester Terkay
Terkay in 2006.
Born (1970-12-04) December 4, 1970 (age 45)
Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Sylvester Terkay
Sly Scraper
The Escapee
The Predator
Billed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)[1]
Billed weight 320 lb (150 kg)[1]
Billed from Big Bear Lake, California[1]
Trained by

Ultimate Pro Wrestling
Ohio Valley Wrestling

Rick Bassman
Debut 2000

Sylvester Matthew Terkay[2] (born December 4, 1970) is an American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist best known for his run in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

A 2-time NWA Zero-One U.S. Champion, he earned the honor of being named the number one Gaijin (non-Japanese wrestler) in Japan. Terkay also has the honor of being the first UPW Heavyweight Champion.


Early career[edit]

While attending North Carolina State University, he finished second in the 1992 NCAA Division I Heavyweight tournament, losing to future Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle by points, 2-1, and later became champion in 1993. According to Angle's autobiography It's True, It's True, Terkay had 78 pins during his college career.

After training under Rick Bassman's Ultimate Pro Wrestling school in California, Terkay was signed to a WWE developmental contract, but later released after spending time in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) as Sly Scraper. He soon joined Japanese pro wrestling promotion Pro Wrestling Zero1 in 2001 under the ring name The Predator, patterned after Bruiser Brody's character. During his time in Zero1, Terkay also fought in several Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) matches for K-1.

Terkay made his MMA debut in grand fashion by knocking his opponent Mauricio da Silva out in just 13 seconds in a high profile fight as part of the annual K-1 New Year’s Eve spectacular, K-1 Dynamite. He then went on to earn impressive wins over K-1 veteran Kristof Midoux, former trainer of Georges St-Pierre and Choi Mu-Bae, veteran of PRIDE and World Victory Road.

He also appeared in the movie/documentary "101 Reasons Not To Be A Pro Wrestler", where he talked about his views on the wrestling business.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2006–2007)[edit]

Terkay (left) with Elijah Burke at December to Dismember.

After more training with WWE's Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) developmental territory, Terkay was brought up to the main roster of SmackDown! on July 28, 2006 working an MMA gimmick with Elijah Burke, who acted as his cornerman.[1] Terkay defeated Matt Hardy in his debut match on SmackDown!. In the following weeks, Terkay dominated jobbers as well as later interfering in Burke's matches. On the October 20 episode of SmackDown!, Terkay helped Burke defeat Vito, breaking his 4 month undefeated streak. On the November 7, 2006 edition of WWE's ECW on Sci Fi, Terkay and his associate Elijah Burke debuted in ECW by doing a backstage promo. Their undefeated streak as a tag team was when The Hardys defeated them on ECW. At ECW's December To Dismember Terkay and Burke defeated The F.B.I. (Little Guido Maritato and Tony Mamaluke). In a backstage ECW promo Burke and Terkay dubbed themselves as the "Knock-out Tap-out Connection", a reference to Terkay's MMA and kickboxing background and Burke's amateur boxing background. He accompanied Burke to his matches in a bodyguard-type role for the next several weeks. Terkay remained undefeated in TV singles competition. On January 18, 2007, Terkay was released from his WWE contract.[3]

Japan (2010–2012)[edit]

After leaving the WWE Terkay returned to wrestling for the Japanese promotions of Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) and Pro Wrestling Zero1 and wrestled under his alter ego The Predator.

In March 31, 2012 Terkay worked his last match which took place in Georgetown, Guyana for the WrestleRama event.[4]

Other media[edit]

Terkay has appeared in multiple films & TV shows over the years. Terkay appeared in the 2001 movie Slammed along with former wrestling personality Zeus. He appeared on an episode of In the House as a Santa Imposter, and also appeared on the game show Distraction and bodyslammed contestants while they tried to answer questions. He made an appearance in the 2006 movie Evil Bong as a nightclub bouncer. He appeared in the 2010 movie True Legend as a fighter named Elder Scot Brother.

In the 2014 film "Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies," Terkay makes a cameo appearance as a zombie wrestler who fights Kurt Angle.[5]



Year Film Role Notes
2014 'Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies' As self Movie
2012 Extreme Rising Mum Movie
2010 True Legend Elder Scot Brother Movie
2008 Muay Thai Giant Movie
2006 Evil Bong Bouncer Movie
2005 101 Reasons Not to Be a Pro Wrestler As self/as The Predator Video Documentary
2004 Slammed The Goon Movie
1999 Universal Soldier: The Return Hospital Security Movie
1999 My Favorite Martion Huge Guard Movie


Year Title Episode Role Notes
2001 Black Scorpion Fire and Brimstone. No Stone Unturned Granite TV Series
2000 Indie Wrestling School N/A As self TV Movie
1998-2002 V.I.P The Quick and the Dead (1999) Bruno TV Series
1992-1999 Mad About You (TV Series) Separate Beds (1999) Amish Hellcat TV Series
1996 The Parent 'Hood (TV Series) Substitute's Pet (1996) Burly Man TV Series
1995-1999 In the House (TV Series) 1995-1999 Christmas Story (1995) Santa TV Series
1989-1997 Coach (TV Series) Coach for a Day: Part 2 (1994) Walter TV Series

In wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–1 Mu Bae Choi Decision (unanimous) K-1 HERO's - HERO's 2005 in Seoul November 5, 2005 2 5:00 Seoul, South Korea
Win 2–1 Kristof Midoux Submission (neck crank) K-1 - Premium 2004 Dynamite!! December 31, 2004 1 1:11 Osaka, Japan
Loss 1–1 Gary Goodridge TKO (punches) K-1 MMA - Romanex May 22, 2004 1 1:22 Saitama, Japan
Win 1–0 Mauricio da Silva TKO (punches) K-1 - Premium 2003 Dynamite!! December 31, 2003 1 0:13 Nagoya, Japan

K-1 record[edit]

0 wins, 2 loss (2 decisions), 0 draws.
Result Opponent Method Event Date Round, Time Notes
Loss Choi Hong-man Decision (unanimous) K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Las Vegas 04/29/06 3, 3:00
Loss Remy Bonjasky Decision (split) K-1 Dynamite 2005 12/31/05 3, 3:00

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

  • 1 time JUCO National Champion
  • 2 time Big East Champion

Professional wrestling[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 297. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 
  2. ^ NSAC report of K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Las Vegas
  3. ^ "WWE releases Superstars". WWE. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  4. ^
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  6. ^ a b c d e "OWOW profile". Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "wrestlingdata profile". Retrieved 2013-01-09. 

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