Bill Apter, wrestling journalist and host of “The Apter Chat”, recently appeared on “Primetime With Sean Mooney”. During the podcast, he shared an intense story on Randy Savage spitting on him and Hulk Hogan playing the unlikely role of peacemaker. Here are the highlights:
Apter On Having Heat With Randy Savage & The Spitting Incident:
We had published in Pro Wrestling Illustrated and I called him to make sure this was OK. He was making his comeback. He was coming in. He was gonna win the WCW title and we were sitting around, all the editors, and said, ‘Let’s come up with an angle. He won the title, so let’s come up with an angle.’ So one of the editors came up with – we had editorial meetings every Friday, we’d sit down with photos and come up with stories for the photos we had – and somebody said, ‘You know, he’s getting older, so why don’t we say that some fan called him an old man and that spurned him on to get really PO’d and that he was gonna win the title and show this fan and everybody else that he’s not old. He’s better than ever.’ So, I called him when we were in the headline meeting and he said, ‘If you think it’s gonna be good, go ahead with it brother. I trust you.’ So we did it and then I was at the Inoki Peace Festival in Los Angeles and Eric Bischoff was checking into the hotel the night before and he looked at me and he said, ‘How are you doing? By the way Randy Savage wants to kill you.’ So, I knew that Randy was gonna be in Philadelphia. The show was two weeks later, so I was going to that show – it was either Phily or Baltimore – with the Comeback of the Year plaque or something like that and he was coming down the hallway in the dressing room with Elizabeth and a whole bunch of other people and I had the plaque in my hand and I said, ‘This is for you.’ He said, ‘Oh, this is for me? Oh, really? I don’t give a sh*t about this.’ And he took the plaque – this is an $85 plaque – and he threw it against the wall. He says, ‘Old man, huh? I thought he was gonna kill me. I really did.
During the matches that night, I went out there and he was wrestling Ric Flair and Nancy Sullivan (Woman) was at ringside and I adored her. I absolutely loved her. We were at ringside and Savage and Flair hook up and Savage stops the match, walks over to where I’m shooting pictures and spits in my face like a Bret Hart/Vince McMahon spit. I couldn’t believe it.
Apter On How Hulk Hogan Helped Patch Things Up Between He & Savage:
I went over to visit [Hulk Hogan] at home when I was doing a story for WOW Magazine when I was working at WOW Magazine and he said, ‘Before we go to my house, brother, I’ve got somebody that wants to talk to you.’ And he drove me to a gym and there sitting on a bench alone in a gym, was disguised, I had no idea who it was and he turned around and it was Randy. I thought I was being set up and Randy came over to me and said, ‘Hey man, I’m really sorry. Demons. I’m really sorry, man. It was all the demons. It ended well.
You can check out Bill Apter’s appearance on Prime Time With Sean Mooney by clicking HERE
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