Lisa Marie Varon, who worked in the WWE as Victoria and TNA as Tara, joined the VOC Wrestling Nation to promote her upcoming appearance at Legends of the Ring on 10/5/13 in Monroe, NJ, and to talk her new restaurant venture in Chicago. You can hear the entire interview at http://vocnation.com; here are some highlights of what “Victoria” had to say:
On her new restaurant, “The Squared Circle”, opening in Chicago: This is our third restaurant. We had one in Kentucky and one in Lombard, Ill; we sold both of those and ended up coming back to Chicago. It’s not just a pizza place; we do thin crust (Chicago style), we do brick oven, New York Style, and stuffed burgers. It’s a very, very unique menu.
On the wrestling theme of her restaurant: Our place is wrestling themed. I’m there every single night watching wrestling. I get to watch what I love, talk about my passion, eat awesome food, and mingle with the fans. Every night we have wrestling on and feature wrestling related guests. I even named a platter after Gail Kim.
On her time in TNA and whether she would return: TNA is out of the question. It wasn’t a good fit for me. I had a great run there, but it was very different from WWE. It made me appreciate WWE a lot.
On her future in wrestling: Never say never. I’m 42 and I’m still kicking ass and in better shape than when I was wrestling. It’s in my blood. I’m lucky that I live wrestling at my restaurant. I don’t think I’m done wrestling; I have a lot to give in terms of knowledge and helping other females.
On working in front of the same crowd each week versus working on the road: Its apples and oranges. I enjoy going on the road and working different towns. (At TNA) the audience wanted to get more camera time (than the talent). I ended up knowing most of the fans that went there in Orlando. Performing in Madison Square Garden is surreal. I hope some of the TNA talent that has never gotten to do that gets a chance to do it.
On what’s missing with today’s female talent: We had Fit Finlay as a trainer and agent. He made us and molded us. He got to know what made us tick, exposed that, and there was nothing we couldn’t do. Today, the girls pick and choose what moves they want to do. If Fit Finlay was around, that wouldn’t happen. We worked stiff. We made contact.
I will give her credit, her debut in the WWE as the psycho going after Trish Stratus really was her best development to date. The set of hardcore matches she had with Trish Stratus really made me appreciate women's wrestling. It's exactly what the WWE needs right now again.
But in all honesty, if you stay there for 4 years, with multiple re-signings, it's hard to really take you seriously when you say "it was never a good fit for me".
If she was talking a specific year like 2013 or even 2012 where she didn't fit well with the others? Fine. But as far as her 4 year stance, I wouldn't stay another 1 or 2 years if I felt that it wasn't the place for me.