Super Dad Bill Goldberg has been a busy guy as of late, hitting the media rounds hard as we count down the days to his match against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. He’s been cracking wise, telling a lot of fun stories and sweating up a storm, as you do. He’s been away from the ring for 12 years, but you might remember one of the first and more notorious things he did after leaving wrestling was star as the title role in the infamous holiday slasher film Santa’s Slay.
The film came up recently when Goldberg made an appearance on the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, because the man himself actually met his wife on set. Just your standard boy-meets-girl story of a crazed Jewish muscleman killing people while dressed as Santa in a strip club. That’s what we all dream of telling our grandkids about. Or an NFL morning show. Either way. (Sadly, Good Morning Football does not seem to have a link to this portion of Goldberg’s interview, but you can read more about it at Wrestling Inc. or watch him cut a promo for the show here.)
“A Jewish director, a Jewish lead playing Santa Claus, killing people. There’s something funny about that. It was awesome man, I had a great time [filming the movie]. The best thing in the entire movie was not only did I kind of get to have a sleigh driven by a buffalo, but most importantly I met my wife on set. Three and a half months after we met I asked her to marry me, and its been the most wonderful time of my life ever since.
“She was doing stunts. It was a strip club scene. I go into the strip joint, there’s like 50 naked girls there, and who do I come out with as my wife? The only girl who had clothes on. I’m Santa Claus, I come into the place, I kill a couple of people on my way in, then the bartender and a couple of patrons don’t like it very much, so they chase me throughout the bar. I hop up to the table, then I hop up to a swing, well she’s sitting on the swing, so I’m in an extremely precarious situation if you would look at the logistics of me hanging from the swing, she’s sitting on the swing, then I was very uncomfortable. And being ‘Goldberg’, I mean you’re supposed to be the guy, right?
“So I’m sweating more than I am now, I couldn’t even look up at her and she taps me on the shoulder and she goes ‘are you alright, buddy?’ And I said ‘yeah, I’m fine’ but I couldn’t look up, obviously, and she says ‘usually before a guy and I get this close he buys me a beer first’. And I look up at her and I said, ‘I love you.'”
So upon watching the scene (NSFW, obviously), Goldberg doesn’t say it in so many words, but his face is actually buried in the crotch of the swing-rider (and stunt person). That’s the “extremely precarious situation” he was alluding to there. Acting!
Totally unrelated fun fact: did you know that you can watch Santa’s Slay in its entirety on YouTube? It’s true! In fact, you can actually do that by clicking right here. Happy holidays!