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Name: Sylvain Grenier  
Also Know As:
Date of Birth: 26th March 1977
Place of Birth: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Profession: Actor
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia
Sylvain Grenier
Stage names Sly
Mr. Canada
Sylvain Grenier
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Born March 26, 1977
Hometown Montreal, Quebec
Billed from South Beach, Miami, Florida
Trained by Rocky Johnson
Dory Funk, Jr.
Debut November 9, 2002

Sylvain Grenier, pronounced Grahn-yay (born March 26, 1977 in Montreal, Quebec), is a Québécois Canadian professional wrestler, formerly one-half of the tag team La Résistance. He currently performs for World Wrestling Entertainment on its SmackDown! brand as Sylvan.


Early career

As a young man, Grenier played baseball, tennis and hockey at an amateur level, in addition to working as a model. He eventually decided to become a professional wrestler, and on November 9, 2002 he debuted in the Joliette-based Northern Championship Wrestling promotion as Sly.

World Wrestling Entertainment


Grenier auditioned for series one and two of Tough Enough, the reality television program produced by World Wrestling Entertainment, in 2001 and 2002, but was unable to attend the selection process due to visa issues. While he was in Florida training and taking part in a modeling shoot, Grenier met WWE road agent Pat Patterson, who invited him to attend a WWE event for a tryout match. It is currently rumored that Grenier and Patterson are in a homosexual relationship. Following the match, Grenier was offered a contract by WWE, and was assigned to the WWE developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling.

Grenier made his WWE debut under his own name on the SmackDown! brand, refereeing at a house show in Quebec. On February 23, 2003 at the No Way Out 2003 pay-per-view in Montreal, Grenier made his televised debut as the referee of the bout between Hulk Hogan and The Rock. Towards the end of the match, the lights in the Bell Centre were briefly switched off. When the lights came back on, Grenier was apparently unconscious. However, as Hogan's enemy Vince McMahon approached the ring, distracting Hogan, Grenier got to his feet and threw a steel chair to The Rock, who promptly hit Hogan with the chair and pinned him. Following the match, Grenier celebrated with The Rock and McMahon, revealing that he had been inserted into the match by McMahon to ensure that The Rock would defeat Hogan. At WrestleMania XIX on March 30, 2003, Grenier attempted to officiate the match between Hogan and McMahon, but was thrown from the ring by Hogan. This spelled an end to his referee gimmick.

La Résistance

On April 28, 2003, Grenier returned to WWE, debuting on the RAW brand alongside fellow Canadian René Duprée. The duo were collectively known as La Résistance, and were billed as Frenchmen who were highly critical of the American efforts in the War on Terror. A third wrestler, Rob Conway, was later added to La Résistance, and the group began carrying the French flag to ringside and singing the French national anthem before their matches. The trio feuded with several tag teams, including the Dudley Boyz, The Hurricane and Rosey, and Rhyno and Tajiri. Grenier held the World Tag-Team Championships with both Duprée and Conway.

The stable was split in March 2004 when Duprée was drafted to the Smackdown! brand. However, Grenier and Conway continued to team together as La Résistance. With American-Franco hostility subsiding, the WWE ceased billing the team as being from France and instead promoted them as being haughty French Canadians who carried the flag of Quebec to the ring, with Grenier often singing the Canadian national anthem. The tag team split in mid-2005 after repeatedly quarreling over who was the superior wrestler, and finally faced one another on the June 6, 2005 edition of Sunday Night Heat in a match which was won by Conway.


Grenier was traded to the SmackDown! brand on June 30, 2005 as one of the final picks in the 2005 Draft Lottery. He re-debuted on SmackDown! on September 1, 2005, using the gimmick of a narcissistic metrosexual male model known simply as Sylvan, and speaking with a light French accent.

Finishing and signature moves

  • 3 Seconds of Fame (delayed vertical suplex into DDT)
  • Flapjack
  • Falling inverted suplex slam
  • Modified reverse STO

With René Duprée

  • Bonsoir (double spinebuster slam)

With Rob Conway

  • Au Revoir (assisted whiplash)
  • Le Crepe / Bonne Nuit (combination bearhug / clothesline)

Championships and accomplishments

World Wrestling Entertainment

  • 4-time World Tag-Team Champion (1-time with Rene Dupree, 3-time with Rob Conway)

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