Renowned grappler invades SmackDown

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July 30, 2006

The SmackDown Superstars took notice of a new and ominous athlete on Friday night as Sylvester Terkay made his WWE debut. Introduced by his corner man Elijah Burke, the 320-pound Terkay battered and mauled Matt Hardy to earn a strong victory in his first match in a WWE ring.

At 6 feet 6 inches tall, Terkay is not only a decorated amateur wrestler, but is also proficient in mixed martial arts. Terkay's highly physical technique relies on punishing body blows and hand strikes, as well as a wealth of painful submission holds that weaken his opponents. The international grappler has wrestled in Japan and Southeast Asia where he became adept in the Muay Thai fighting style.

Terkay's extraordinary collegiate record speaks for itself. With 71 victories and only a single loss at North Carolina State University, Terkay is a three-time All-American and the 1993 NCAA Division I National Heavyweight Champion. The formidable Terkay also took second place in the 1992 NCAA championship to one of his biggest rivals: future Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle.

What type of impact will the man from Big Bear, Calif. have on SmackDown? Tune in every Friday night at 8/7 CT to find out.

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