Bill Apter

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Apter (left) with Rodney Mack in 2005.

William Stanley Apter (born October 22, 1945)[1] is an American journalist specializing in professional wrestling, and is best known for the magazines of which he was part of the editorial staff and photographed matches from the 1970s to the 1990s, including Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Apter was so closely associated with these magazines that they were often known as "Apter Mags."


Early career

Apter was a reporter-writer-photographer for several wrestling and boxing magazines published by Stanley Weston, including The Wrestler and Inside Wrestling. He was eventually promoted to the senior editor spot at Weston's wrestling publications.


The publications Apter worked for were directed at the common fan and usually operated under the premise that professional wrestling was not scripted or predetermined. The editors of the magazines had the mentality that they were covering wrestling the way Sports Illustrated covers other sports.

Apter also hosted a TV segment, The PWI Scouting Report on Best of World Championship Wrestling, Jim Crockett's NWA TV show broadcast weekly on WTBS, as well as a stint with the nationally syndicated Pro Wrestling This Week TV news magazine, and segments on dozens of other televised wrestling shows. He was also the co-host (with Gordon Solie) of pro wrestling's first commercial home video "Lords Of The Ring."

In 1991, Apter helped compile the PWI 500, a detailed ranking of the top 500 wrestlers in the world. Pro Wrestling Illustrated has published the list every year since its inception.

In 1999, he accepted the editorship of WOW Magazine. The publication folded in 2001.


Apter works for as an editor, writer, and video-interviewer. He has been a feature columnist for Fighting Spirit magazine and contributes to the Italian wrestling magazine called "Tutto Wrestling Magazine" in a section called "Apter's Alley."

Apter made his return to the Pro Wrestling Illustrated family of magazines as a freelancer in Volume 20, 2008 of The Wrestler with a 90-minute question and answer session with Tammy Sytch. Apter has also done an interview with Nick Bockwinkel for another edition of The Wrestler magazine.

In 2012 and 2013, Apter appeared on a few shows that were produced for the WWE Network. He has also been quoted in several stories on In January 2014, Apter put out his first article on about the day Bruno Sammartino lost his WWE Championship.

In October 2015, ECW Press published Apter's book "Is Wrestling Fixed? I Didn't Know It Was Broken!" The book has taken Apter all over the United States and to the UK for book signings and at times to perform his one-man-show based on the book. The book is also available in two audio forms—a download version at or an MP3 CD.

In November 2016, Apter began a podcast utilizing the book title.

In December 2016, Apter was honored at Pennsylvania's Keystone State Wrestling Alliance with a proclamation from Governor Tom Wolf commending his lifetime work in the pro wrestling business as well as his humanitarian work at the non-profit AHEDD, assisting persons with disabilities to find competitive employment. On that same day the Mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto, declared December 3, 2016 "Bill Apter Day."

Other careers

Along with former wrestler "Concrete Cowboy" Paul Swanger (aka "Paul Big Bear"), Apter sings and does comedic work in an "old school" nightclub act. Apter also works for the non-profit company AHEDD in Pennsylvania as an employment specialist. The company helps find jobs for people with disabilities and job coaching.

In recent years Bill Apter has become a regular face as a host of pro wrestling fan conventions both in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom, including WrestleReunion.


  1. ^ "Bill Apter Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 

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