Meet the Reporter Who Introduced Andy Kaufman to Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler

Bill Apter is part of this weekend's WrestleCon scene in Orlando

Bill Apter, 71 years young, will be in attendance tonight when the WWE Hall of Fame 2017 class is inducted in Orlando as part of this weekend’s WrestleCon convention. Fitting, as he himself is a hall of famer on the reporting side and was just added to the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame.

Apter operates the website, is the author of 2015 book Is Wrestling Fixed? I Didn’t Know It Was Broken! and recently enjoyed a special Proclamation Day in Pittsburgh. In concert with his appearance at Wrestlecon, the Miami Herald profiled the journalist’s long, winding career, revisiting a pop culture highlight:

In a twist of fate, one of the people who would also approach him around this time was “Taxi” star Andy Kaufman. In 1983, the eccentric comic contacted Apter with a shocking request: he wanted to play a heel (bad guy) in the squared circle.

After initially calling the WWF, Apter re-directed Kaufman to Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and the regional Memphis promotion. Before long, the crazy comedian was in the ring, starting a dust up that would be later be documented in the 1997 film “Man on the Moon.”

The following storm of publicity, which included the infamous incident where Lawler slapped Kaufman on David Letterman’s late-night talk show, all started from that simple introduction by Apter.

Apter, who also co-hosts a podcast and performs a one-man show based on his book, says he has no plans to retire. That’s him below, outlining his weekend plans from “Apter’s Alley.”