Heath Slater had a varied and interesting WWE career. Debuting with the Nexus, he would win tag-team gold and main event SummerSlam in 2010. By 2016 however, things had changed and, in storyline anyway, Slater found himself without a contract.
During a famous moment on Raw, Slater confronted Brock Lesnar who he needed to beat to earn a contract on the red brand.
Speaking on Table Talk, Slater discussed the segment and what it led to for him:
“That segment put me on the map, but slapped me in my face too, literally. The whole, ‘I don’t give a s**t about your kids’ was supposed to be ‘I don’t give a damn about your kids.’ I guess the crowd was into it. I got a shirt out of that segment because if you give me bullet points and tell me the ending, I can come up with the right words to where my fans can translate and be with me.
When you hand me a four-page script and you’re changing it every hour and 20 minutes before I go out, you give me a new script, I’m like ‘what the hell is going on?’ I was literally like, ‘I’m just gonna go out there and do my s**t.’ I’m out there with Paul and Brock, I damn near forgot my next line and was shooting off the hip. ‘Damnit, all these people know I’m gonna get my ass kicked. I know it, but I have to do this, I have kids! I need this job!’ Next thing I know, I catch Vince in the back and he’s like, ‘Woah, I got kids, I need this job. Print that out!'”
Heath then spoke about wanting to get one punch in on Lesnar, before ‘The Beast Incarnate’ destroyed him. Unfortunately for Heath, he didn’t even get his one shot in:
“I just wanted to give Brock one punch, that was it. Paul was like, ‘If you hit Brock, you really have to hit him.’ Dude, whatever. I know how to throw a punch, I’ll make it look good. He says, ‘I don’t give a damn about your kids,’ BOOM! And then he kills me. The fans would have loved it. That’s all I pitched.”
The segment is fondly remembered for the birth of Heath’s ‘I got kids’ catchphrase as well as being one of the few times in the modern era where Lesnar would speak on the microphone.
Heath Slater was released as part of the cuts made due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Since then he has appeared for Impact Wrestling, reuniting with his former WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champion partner, Rhino.
Credit: Table Talk
h/t to Fightful for the transcription