In a recent Insight interview with Chris Van Vliet, The Godfather discussed his character’s origins in WWE, being part of Right to Censor, and more. You can read his comments below.
The Godfather on the origin of his WWE character: “It was not presented to me. Do you know who invented it? My wife. It wasn’t that I should be a pimp, but she said, ‘If you can show people who you really look like. You are not a voodoo man, you are not an Ultimate Fighter, you are not a member of the Nation. Just be who you are.’ I didn’t want to be a pimp. I hated pimps, but whatever she asked me to do, that I didn’t want to do and ended up doing, it worked. At the time, I was part of the Nation of Domination and they were building The Rock. Me and D’Lo Brown are just walking to the ring with The Rock, and when it was time for Stone Cold or Undertaker to give them their finish, we were feeding him. That’s all we were doing. My contract was coming up, and I was like, “I have to come up with something different.” I am still under contract with WWE to this day. We developed this character, I started growing my hair out and it kind of took off.
By being part of Right to Censor and its Goodfather gimmick: “I hated it. As soon as they told me what I was doing, that’s why you saw me coming and going all the time. I always had strip clubs here in Vegas, so I always had a way to make money. So when I wasn’t having fun and not making money, I was leaving. I was going to see Vince and I was like, ‘Hey Vince, it’s time for me to go.’ He would just laugh and say, ‘Okay, Charles. We’ll call you in about a year to see if you want to come back. That’s how it would be.
On how he would choose his daughters“Vince says, ‘Charles, do you think you could go get some girls?’ I’m like, ‘Vince, are you kidding? Me and Taker are at the strip clubs every night. So I grab The Undertaker, and we go to the strip club, and it’s during the day. We grab three or four girls and bring them back to [WWE]they sign them, pay for them, and we put them on TV and [WWE] don’t ask me anything, just tell me to do what you do. I swear, I happened to be walking through an airport and maybe some people noticed you, until the next day, people are like, ‘Godfather, where the bitches?’ It happened the second we put it on TV.
If you use any of the quotes above, please credit Insight with Chris Van Vliet an h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.