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Terkay in 2006.
December 4, 1970 |
Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Sylvester Terkay
|Billed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Billed weight||320 lb (150 kg)|
|Billed from||Big Bear Lake, California|
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.
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)
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. 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.
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.
|2014||'Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies'||As self||Movie|
|2010||True Legend||Elder Scot Brother||Movie|
|2005||101 Reasons Not to Be a Pro Wrestler||As self/as The Predator||Video Documentary|
|1999||Universal Soldier: The Return||Hospital Security||Movie|
|1999||My Favorite Martion||Huge Guard||Movie|
|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|
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- "The Man Bear"
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|4 matches||3 wins||1 loss|
|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|
|0 wins, 2 loss (2 decisions), 0 draws.|
|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
- 1 time JUCO National Champion
- 2 time Big East Champion
- Pro Wrestling Zero1
- Ultimate Pro Wrestling
- UPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Hardcore Wrestling Association
- HWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 297. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0.
- NSAC report of K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Las Vegas
- "WWE releases Superstars". WWE. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
- "OWOW profile". Retrieved 2013-01-09.
- "wrestlingdata profile". Retrieved 2013-01-09.
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