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.
©2015 Bill Apter (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
?..besides those hundreds "named therein" but to those who have an interest in the dynamics of professional entertainment wrestling, this book WIDELY misses the mark.
I really enjoyed this audio Bill Apter's presentation was very well done and entertaining. This is a must listen audiobook even if you are a casual fan.
A good collection of quick stories. It doesn't really follow a "set" story, so except for the last couple of chapters you can feel safe going back and re-listening to certain parts (a "chapter jumper" as Apter himself says in the opening disclaimer). If a character who is a major player in a previous chapter is mentioned again or an event is referred back to, Apter will recap it quickly, making it so prerequisite chapter reading isn't necessary. Apter himself is a charismatic guy and easy to listen but seems to kind of trail off slightly. He reads the book at times as if he's less reading the book and more holding a conversation. It didn't bother me, being a podcast guy. But if you're big on the audiobook being as close to 1:1 with the written material as possible, I could imagine it being an issue. He never goes into a large tirade and is back to the text within a couple of seconds.
A great Apter and Ric Flair story...yeah Ric was mentioned throughout the book, but not one shared memory of Wondetful Willie and the Nature Boy. If it seems im nitpicking, I AM. I've been a fan of Bill Apter and his work for over 40 years... Between him and his staff at PWI, The Wrestler, and Inside Wrestling, i was kept in the loop of the territories outside the N.E. since i lived in Washington DC.
Thanks once again Wondetful Willie for your incredible stories, telling them as only you can.... Woooooooooooo!
I recommend this book to any wrestling fan out there, is a true account of bills life, any tells a wonderful story in the weather only bill apter can.
"A brilliant gem of a book"
loved it from start to finish very easy on the ear with perfect ammount of details in the stories for the casual and diehard fan alike
"Bill Apter - is wrestling fixed"
A must for any wrestling fan. Listened to this over the course of a few days whilst relaxing under the sun by the pool in Tenerife! Bill Apter always come across as a wonderful guy and that is evidenced through the stories in the book. Hope you continue to live your dream for years to come Mr Apter, a pleasure to hear your story!
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