The anticipated memoir from a sports entertainment fandom legend
As a kid growing up in New York in the late ’50s, Bill Apter fell in love with professional wrestling, and it wasn’t long before he was rubbing shoulders with the greats as a young reporter and photographer. He’s since become the world’s best-known wrestling magazine personality, and he’s had professional and personal relationships with a who’s-who of the business, like Triple H, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Sting, and Ric Flair.
In his fun-loving memoir, Bill Apter takes us from the dressing rooms of the Bruno Sammartino era and the last days of the territories, to the birth of WrestleMania, the emergence of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and the “Attitude Era,” to today’s WWE Superstars like John Cena, Daniel Bryan, and Roman Reigns. He also shares stories of his days photographing boxing stars like Muhammad Ali and other champions, and he documents his appearances on the WWE Network and his work as editor of 1wrestling.com.
Find out which wrestler threatened him, learn about the dead wrestler who was really alive, and discover how hanging out with Andy Kaufman led to the comic’s notorious feud with Jerry “The King” Lawler. Still intimately involved in the wrestling business, the award-winning Apter has a story on everybody.
“If you like Bill Apter, and who doesn’t, then you’ll love this book.” — Charleston Post & Courier
“It’s a fun read for those who want to take step back in time and remember the magazine era and re-live the high points of Apter’s career, from Madison Square Garden to suggesting Andy Kaufman to promoters to Buddy Rogers and beyond.” — PWInsider.com
“If you’re a fan of pro wrestling, Is Wrestling Fixed? is a must read. Apter has had an amazing career as a writer and photographer, and his stories are warm, funny and entertaining.” — Bob D’Angelo’s blog
“A wonderful story that isn’t just aimed at the hardcore wrestling fan, but those in search of an optimistic look at one man’s personal journey.” — Rowdy Wrestling