Terkay in 2006.
|Birth name||Sylvester Matthew Terkay|
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|
Sylvester Matthew Terkay (born December 4, 1970) is a retired American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist best known for his run in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He has held NWA Zero-One's United States Championship twice and Ultimate Pro Wrestling's first Heavyweight Champion. Terkay was known at his time as one of the top gaijin (non-Japanese wrestler) in Japan.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 3 Mixed martial arts career
- 4 Kickboxing career
- 5 Other media
- 6 Filmography
- 7 In wrestling
- 8 Mixed martial arts record
- 9 K-1 record
- 10 Championships and accomplishments
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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.
Professional wrestling career
After training under Rick Bassman's Ultimate Pro Wrestling school in California, Terkay was signed to a WWE developmental contract, but later released. He joined Japanese pro wrestling promotion Pro Wrestling Zero1 in 2001 under the ring name The Predator, patterned after Bruiser Brody's character.
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 ended 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.
Mixed martial arts career
During his time in Zero1, Terkay also fought in several mixed martial arts (MMA) matches for K-1. He made his debut by knocking his opponent Mauricio da Silva out in 13 seconds as part of the annual K-1 New Year’s Eve spectacular, K-1 Dynamite. He returned at the Romanex event in 2004, facing Ultimate Fighting Championship and PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Gary Goodridge. Despite Terkay's size advantage, experience played in Goodridge's favor and he finished Sylvester in 1:22.
Also in 2004, however, Terkay defeated K-1 veteran Kristof Midoux, former trainer of Georges St-Pierre and Choi Mu-Bae, submitting him with a wrestling neck crank. This attracted a revenge match against Mu-Bae, which was won again by Terkay by unanimous decision in his last MMA venture. It was reported he had trouble getting fight contracts, as his lack of name value mixed with his good performances were seen as dangerous to established stars.
In December 2005, Terkay made his kickboxing debut against Remy Bonjasky in K-1 Premium 2005. He lost to Bonjasky by unanimous decision. Feeling Terkay was the true winner, the audience booed heavily at this outcome, and the controversy reached such level that K-1 chairman Sadaharu Tanigawa acknowledged it and apologized for the decision in the post-event press conference.
Terkay had his second and last kickboxing fight at K-1 Las Vegas, facing fellow superheavyweight Choi Hong-man, who came similarly from losing to Remy Bonjasky. Hong-man controlled the first round and scored two knockdowns, while Terkay started dominating from the second onward and ended the match pressing against a tired Hong-man. The decision, however, was given to Choi thanks to the knockdowns scored in the first round.
Terkay has appeared in multiple films and TV shows over the years. He 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. 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. In the 2014 film Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies, Terkay makes a cameo appearance as a zombie wrestler who fights Kurt Angle.
|2014||Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies||Himself||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 Martian||Huge Guard||Movie|
|2001||Black Scorpion||"Fire and Brimstone" and "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||"Separate Beds" (1999)||Amish Hellcat||TV Series|
|1996||The Parent 'Hood||"Substitute's Pet" (1996)||Burly Man||TV Series|
|1995-1999||In the House||"Christmas Story" (1995)||Santa||TV Series|
|1989-1997||Coach||"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 (majority)||K-1 Dynamite 2005||12/31/05||3, 3:00|
Championships and accomplishments
- 5 time Boxing Champion
- 2 time NAC Boxing 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" (PDF).
- "WWE releases Superstars". WWE. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
- Kreikenbohm, Philip. "WrestleRama Guyana « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net.
- Sherdog.com. "K-1 MMA: Romanex Preview - Gary Goodridge vs. Sylvester Terkay". Sherdog.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-27. Retrieved 2017-01-25.
- Kamipro magazine, December 2005
- "Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies (2014)".
- "OWOW profile". Retrieved 2013-01-09.
- "wrestlingdata profile". Retrieved 2013-01-09.
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