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Neal Snow’s ongoing series depicting Apter-mag covers breaking the sacred kayfabe code.


Toward the end of 1984, Jerry Lawler vowed that he would win the World title in 1985 or retire. This was around the time that Jerry Jarrett reached an agreement with Jim Crockett and Ole Anderson to share talent as part of the “Championship Wrestling from Georgia” launch that occurred after Vince McMahon took controlling stock of World Championship Wrestling and its 7:05 ET Saturday night time slot. Many speculate that as part of the shared talent agreement, Crockett had promised Jarrett that Lawler would receive an NWA World title run in the summer before dropping it back to Ric Flair at Starrcade ’85. Supposedly, those plans fell through when Crockett secured the rights to WCW and the time slot from McMahon for $1 million, i.e., he didn’t need Jarrett or Lawler anymore. Just one problem with that story: Jarrett denies such a promise was ever made. He says the Lawler vow was to breathe new life into the World title chase and nothing more. I believe Jarrett should know.

During the height of the ICW outlaw days, Randy Savage bumped into Bill Dundee at a gym parking lot. The two exhanged words and Dundee grabbed a gun from his car, and Savage responded by cracking him on the jaw, forcing Dundee out of the ring and embarrassing the Jarrett side.

After JYD left Mid-South for the WWF, a flustered Bill Watts buried his prized black champion, saying the competition was getting too hot for the Dog, in particular his rivalry with Butch Reed so he left for softer opposition up North. The competition certainly got easier for Reed in the form of Master G (journeyman George Wells).

Dick Murdoch was hell of a worker and fun guy by all accounts, but he wasn’t exactly politically correct nor an expert in race relations.

At the height of his fame in the WWF in 1983, Jimmy Snuka may or may not have have had something to do with the death of his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, in a Pennsylvania hotel room. Snuka claims she fell and unjured herself when the two stopped to pee on a gravely road while traveling to a TV taping in Allentown.  In 1985, the Argentino family obtained a $500,000 default judgment against Snuka in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. The Argentinos never collected a dime; Snuka’s lawyers withdrew from the case, stating that they hadn’t been paid, and Snuka filed an affidavit claiming he was broke and unemployed and owed the IRS $75,000 in back taxes.

  1. Old School Sammy
    February 13th, 2010 at 12:21 | #1

    I think Missy Hyatt might be a whore in the sense she has used her female self in order to promote herself for financial gain. But honestly, I don’t think she’s had as many guys in bed as one might think—as in–she is ALL TALK, with very little action. I’m fairly certain she’d be an awful lay.

  2. Cleatus
    February 14th, 2010 at 17:56 | #2

    It’s all relative anyway, Sammy. Women use sex to further their careers. Men use their careers to further their sex. It all evens out in the wash.

    Loving these mag covers :)

  3. February 15th, 2010 at 15:21 | #3

    This is fantastic. One of my favorite parts of the Apter mags was trying to figure out what was “real” and what wasn’t. There was always a lot of subtext in the columns, especially the Dan Shockett stuff.

  4. February 20th, 2010 at 19:45 | #4

    For some reason I was Googling the term “Missy Hyatt whore” and this is the site that came up. lol

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