In a hard-hitting interview worthy of Matt Brock, Highspots speaks to the namesake of the "Apter mags" we all grew up on, Bill Apter. For three decades Apter served as Senior Editor of Pro Wrestling Illustrated and its sister magazines. In this candid late-night interview the affable New Yorker recalls childhood memories from backstage at Madison Square Garden, his start in the magazine business and memories of his former boss and mentor Stanley Weston.
Learn the inner-workings of the magazine family's publishing, cover choices and editorial content, and hear of heated reactions to its controversial wrestler ranking and "apartment wrestling" features. Also discussed are Bill's on-air roles with WCW and Joe Pedicino's "Pro Wrestling This Week", his surprising defection from London Publishing Co. to WOW Magazine, and his views on Dave Meltzer and the phenomenon of "insider" newsletters and websites. Plus, Bill reveals for the first time the details of his stint on the WWF payroll!
Find out Apter's role in orchestrating the legendary Andy Kaufman/Jerry Lawler feud and Hulk Hogan's appearance in Rocky III, and hear personal anecdotes about such wrestling luminaries as Vince McMahon Sr. and Jr., Bruno Sammartino, Road Warrior Hawk, Gordon Solie and many others.
If that's not enough, the charismatic Apter peppers the interview with dead-on impersonations of everyone from Dusty Rhodes to Terry Funk to "Captain" Lou Albano to ... Jerry Lewis?!
- Debut of "Apter's Alley" in-ring interview segment and backstage interviews conducted by Apter for WrestleReunion (including comical previously-unseen out-takes!)