Bill Apter, Wrestling's Top Journalist, To Be At FanFest In 2016
January 1, 2016
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist
Without peer, New York native and Dresher, Pennsylvania resident Bill Apter is the most important journalist to ever cover the world of Professional Wrestling. Since the end of 1969, Apter has captured historic moments as well as Main Event matches. On January 18, 1971 he was there when “The Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino lost the WWWF title to “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff in Madison Square Garden. Apter still proudly uses the Minolta Rangefinder camera he snapped photos with that day from time-to-time.
Apter’s career was defined early on by his work with Pro Wrestling Illustrated. During his tenure, the publications were referred to as “Apter mags.” Under Apter’s direction and vision, those magazines became the official outlets for fans throughout the country. Today those magazines are sought after by hardcore fans.
In 1991 Apter was on the editorial staff of the Pro Wrestling Illustrated “Top 500.” During Apter’s time there, the ranking was considered the most legitimate grading system in the industry. The list still exists, but has none of the credibility Apter brought.
During the heyday of NWA television, Apter was featured on WTBS, and has worked for every mainstream wrestling organization. In 2013, he interviewed wrestling legends—including Larry Zbyszko talking about Sammartino—for the WWE.
Today, in addition to freelance work, Apter is the Editor and face of 1wrestling.com, one of the preeminent wrestling websites in the industry, and routinely posts stories on the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA). Through the organization was able to have a lengthy “Apter Chat” video discussion with KSWA Hall of Famer “Big Bully” Nick Busick in 2015. The two talked about Busick’s career, recent life and fight against and recovery from cancer.
Many of Apter’s memories can be found in his new book, “Is Wrestling Fixed? I Didn’t Know It Was Broken!” The tome can be found on Amazon, as well as other outlets.
In addition to a nearly 50 year wrestling career, Apter works as a job coach and employment specialist for AHEDD, a specialized Human Resource Organization for people with disabilities, in Jenkintown, PA. AHEDD has several offices throughout the state, including one on Pittsburgh’s South Side.
If there is a personality or legend in the wrestling industry, Bill Apter knows them or has interviewed them.