Lisa Marie is owner of The Squared Circle Restaurant in Chicago, IL. She is formerly known as TNA Knockout Tara & five-time TNA Knockouts Champion as well as an one-time TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion. She is a former two time WWE Women's Champion, Finishing move is the Widow's Peak, debuted on WWF as one of the Godfather's Ho's, has worked on all three WWE brands (RAW, ECW &a Smackdown). She departed from the WWE in January of 2009. Owned Black Widow Customs & Fat Tony's Pizzeria in Louisville, KY. Moved to Chicago, IL for for a few years & currently resides in southern California.
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Congratulations to Lisa Marie Varon on her induction in to the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame.
Poll:Should Lisa Marie Varon be inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame? Yes: 82%, 1,873 Votes No: 18%, 420 Votes Total Voters:2,293
Former WWE and TNA star Lisa Marie Varon reacts to being inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame.
Thank you very much for the honor. It’s always special to be recognized for your contribution at such an elite level. But it’s extra special when the people who you work for, the fans, are the ones who bestowed this honor upon you, and they choose to recognize your achievements. So I thank your website for creating this honor. I want to thank the amazing group of women athletes that I worked with, both in WWE and TNA. And mostly I want to thank the fans who voted for me, and who support me not just now, but supported me throughout my career.
Lisa Marie will be appearing at the Philadelphia Comic Con April 3rd – April 5th!
What: The Great Philadelphia Comic Con When: April 3rd – 5th, 2015 Hours:
Friday, April 3rd – 4PM to 9PM
Saturday, April 4th – 10AM to 7PM
Sunday, April 5th – 10AM to 5PM Where: The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue
Oaks, PA 19456
*Note: Please keep in mind that Lisa Marie may not be at the event the entire time the show runs, please check for all official information at www.philadelphiacomiccon.com. Any questions about times or tickets should be directed to the people running the event.
It’s the biggest party of the weekend in San Jose! PWR is pleased to bring you Shenanigans San Jose hosted by Kevin Nash! We have bought out one of the best nightclubs in San Jose for this event to ensure the BEST experience possible! This event will be very special and only limited tickets are available!
Currently scheduled to appear: Lisa Marie Varon (Former TNA Knockout Tara/WWE Diva Victoria) Kevin Nash, Thea Trinidad (Former TNA Knockout Rosita), Melina Perez (Former WWE Diva), DJ Zema (Current Impact Wrestling Star and a REAL DJ!), Al Snow, Gunner, Jessie Goddarz, Shelly Martinez, Austin Aries, So Cal Val, Abyss, Chris Masters, The Headbangers, James Storm and more to be announced.
What: Shenanigans San Jose – VIP Party (Free Drinks & Food) Hosted by Kevin Nash! When: March 27, 2015 at 10:00 PM Where: San Jose Bar & Grill
85 S Second St
San Jose, CA 95113
Scary moment for ex-WWE superstar Victoria when her husband confronted a gun-toting intruder at her Chicago restaurant… AND BODY SLAMMED THE GUY.
We spoke with Victoria — real name Lisa Marie Varon — who tells us a suspicious man entered “The Squared Circle” restaurant this weekend and started making trouble inside the women’s bathroom.
That’s when Victoria’s husband, Lee (who manages the joint) approached the man to find out what the hell he was up to. According to Victoria, the man tried to push his way into the kitchen so Lee sprung into action and attempted to physically restrain him. Lee says he saw the man reaching for his waistband and believed he had a gun — so he slammed the guy down to the ground. Turns out, Lee’s instincts were right the guy did have a gun — which was quickly recovered by one of the cooks. Cops were called to the scene and arrested 18-year-old Arnez Harper on a count of felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
“He (my husband) used to be a bouncer when he was a young lad,” Victoria says of her hubby… “I think that guy crossed the wrong person.”
The Cauliflower Alley Club is pleased to announce that Lisa Marie Varon, better known as Victoria and Tara in the squared circle, will be honored at the upcoming CAC Reunion with a women’s wrestling award!
The women’s wrestling award originated in 1996 and has a long-standing tradition of honoring the best female wrestlers of all time. This prestigious list includes the Fabulous Moolah, Judy Grable, Luna Vachon, Beverly Shade, Lisa Moretti, Molly Holly, Cheerleader Melissa, and many more. Lisa Marie is certainly a worthy addition to this list, and joins Beth Phoenix, Gail Kim, and Malia Hosaka as part of 2015’s amazing class of female honorees!
What: Cauliflower Alley Club 50th Anniversary Reunion When: April 13-15, 2015 Where: Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
4000 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
Lisa Marie will be making her 2nd appearance at upcoming Paragon Pro Wrestling event. Bell time is at 6PM and doors will open at 5:15PM. Ticket cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child, senior or military (active or retired). Tickets available by e-mail email@example.com, calling 971-600-8215, or can be purchased at the door the night of the event.
What: Paragon Pro Wrestling When: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 Where: Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel
2101 Texas Star Lane
Las Vegas, Nevada
Lisa Marie will be at The West Coast Wrestling Connection event as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary show, Sunday March 1st. First bell is at 5pm, doors open at just after 4pm. The venue for the event is the Houck Middle School on 1155 Connecticut St SE in Salem, Oregon!
Advance Ticket Discounts are available (Buy 1, Get 1 Free) or Buy at the Door! Order tickets by e-mail: Tickets@WestCoastWrestlingConnection.com or by phone: (971) 600-8215.
What: West Coast Wrestling Connection 10th Anniversary Show When: Sunday, March 1st, 2015 Where: Houck Middle School
1155 Connecticut St SE
Salem, Oregon 97317
Lisa Marie will be at The West Coast Wrestling Connection event as they resume its LIVE TV Tapings, Saturday February 28th. First bell is at 1pm, doors open at 12:30pm. The venue for the event is the Kliever National Guard Armory on 33rd and Marine Drive in Portland, Oregon!
Advance Ticket Discounts are available (Buy 1, Get 1 Free) or Buy at the Door! Order tickets by e-mail: Tickets@WestCoastWrestlingConnection.com or by phone: (971) 600-8215.
What: West Coast Wrestling Connection Live TV Taping When: Saturday February 28th, 2015 Where: Kliever National Guard Armory
10000 NE 33rd Dr
Lisa Marie Varon will be an official guest of WrestleCon 2015 in San Jose! Lisa Marie will be a part of the Official WrestleCon Superticket on Friday and also appearing on Saturday.
This talent is not doing advance ticket sales for general admission customers, you can purchase autographs and photo ops at their table the day of the show. Autographs are $25 each. Photo Ops are $25 each. Order a Combo for only $40. You can order the Friday Superticket and get 1 autograph & 1 photo op with Lisa Marie Varon plus all the stars in the Friday Fast Pass Superticket for one low price!
Note: You must purchase an admission ticket for the appropriate session to get into WrestleCon. The purchase of a wrestler’s autograph/photo will not get you into the building without an admission ticket.
When: Friday, March 27th & Saturday, March 28th Location: San Jose Garden Hotel
1740 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95112
**Times & dates are subject to change, please be sure to keep checking for any changes on the official http://www.wrestlecon.com/ website.**
Vintage Vixen: 1 Year Ago Today – Good Day Chicago February 19, 2013
A year ago today, Lisa Marie joined her personal fitness trainer, Joey Thurman, on Good Day Chicago. They discussed with the host how to get back on track with new year’s workout resolutions. Joey then has Lisa Marie demonstrate some quick and effective workouts with a kettlebell and dual grip medicine ball.
Check out Lisa Marie’s new interview. She was on Overtime’s debut show today. http://rivetnewsradio.com/signature-programs/.
Overtime is hosted by Rob LaFrentz and features interviews with current and past Chicago sports stars, with it’s very first guest being Lisa Marie Varon. She talks about her WWE Days, her restaurant, her training and so much more!
Event: House of Hardcore #3
Where: Mid-Hudson Civic Center
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Date: Saturday November 9, 2013
Meet & Greet: 5:00pm
The current card at this time is Carlito Colon & Thea Trinidad (Rosita) vs. Stevie Richards & Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria/Tara). There are many other matches and wrestlers appearing. You can get full details and tickets at HouseOfHardcore.net!
Pro wrestlers get into confrontation at Lincoln Park restaurant
By: Luis Gomez / About Last Night
Written: October 16, 2013
The customer is not always right, according to pro wrestler and The Squared Circle owner Lisa Marie Varon.
After wrestler and former Playboy cover girl and “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Maria Kanellis harassed a waitress Monday at the Squared Circle for bringing her a Diet Coke rather than a regular Coke, which she considered a jab at her weight, Varon stepped in to see what the problem was.
Kanellis, an Ottawa, Ill. native, cut her scheduled appearance at the Lincoln Park restaurant short and stormed off, which prompted Varon to yell “See you at Glory By Honor, Maria. Yeah, Steen will be kicking your fiance’s (butt).”
Glory By Honor, you see, is a wrestling event being held by the Ring of Honor promotion Oct. 26 at Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge. Kanellis’s real-life fiance, Mike Bennett, will square off against Kevin Steen. Varon, who wrestled under the name Victoria in WWE and Tara in TNA, is also scheduled to make an appearance.
“We were flattered that Maria decided to come by, but I think she was really looking to make a scene ahead of an upcoming Ring Of Honor show because she knows that we will both be there,” Varon said by email. “She can only hope that I forgive and forget, or I will slap her silly like I have done many, many times before.”
The lesson here is to order a milk shake rather than a soda at The Squared Circle. Everyone knows that.
The following are highlights from a recent interview with Lisa Marie Varon, who portrayed Knockout “Tara” in TNA Impact Wrestling and Diva “Victoria” in WWE.
How is the restaurant business going? LMV: Awesome and chaotic. As with any new business, we’re still doing some fining tuning. But our staff is really coming together. We have received a great response from the community and are building up a solid customer base.
Tell me a little about the restaurant? LMV: We are wrestling themed. We have a bunch of framed wrestling memorabilia, and we show as much wrestling as possible on our TVs. (WWE, TNA, Ring of Honor, Shimmer, lots of Indy stuff, you name it). We serve a great variety of brick oven pizza as well as about a dozen different stuffed burgers. We like to say that its all your guilty pleasures under one roof.
Let people know about your wrestling viewing parties at the restaurant and do you do them for other sports? LMV: We show wrestling 7 days a week. Our WWE PPVs are insane! For Summerslam we had about five times as many people show up as we had room for. That was unfortunate. But it is an amazing environment to watch a PPV. The electricity and excitement is amazing! We also show Chicago sports and other major sporting events.
What did you learn most from your previous restaurant in Louisville? LMV: That was more food focused. We definitely feel like we came in with a good foundation in that respect. Only now we have added an amazing experience to that. I’m so pleased with the way everything is going!
What are your thoughts regarding wrestling right now, how much do you want to do, do you want to continue full-time, part-time, interested in WWE this stage, going back to TNA at some point? LMV: I like the direction that the Divas are heading. I also think there are a lot of talented females on the indy scene that could shine in TNA. I’m not sure that I understand what direction they are heading. They say never say never in this business. But I’m comfortable saying I will never return to TNA. I feel like I am still in peak physical condition. I still am able to have great matches. I would like to continue to wrestle, but my plate is full right now. We are looking at more locations for the restaurant. We are looking to expand our brand. I have an offer on the table outside of wrestling that I’m considering. There is also a group that has approached me about starting a wrestling organization. I am blessed to be in the position that I am in right now. I’m considering my next move, and for the time being, I won’t be taking any more Indy appearances outside of those I’ve already committed to.
Is it difficult being around good food all the time to maintain dietary discipline? Is not being on TV most weeks going to relax your diet or is it a thing that has nothing to do with being a wrestling performer?
I don’t have a super strict diet. I eat cheeseburgers 5 days a week. But i also eat lots of fruits and vegetables and lean meats. I ‘cheat’ in moderation. Plus I train like an elite athlete, so that allows me to indulge on the food side. I love to eat, and Chicago is a foodie town. I will continue to train like I have been. I never know what I’ll feel like doing next, and I want to be prepared for it.
On leaving TNA, did you have advanced warning or was it a surprise and how was it handled? LMV: It was a surprise to me. I went to TNA because I wanted to work with some of the great female wrestlers that i hadn’t faced like Kong, ODB, and Sarita. TNA has definitely shifted their focus as far as the women’s division. It was really my love of wrestling that kept me going. I didn’t think it was the right fit for me anymore. My contract was up in a month or two. They knew I wasn’t going to re-sign. First, they had the travel guy call me and tell me I was released. Then Dixie called me later that day and said that it was a financial thing, and they knew I was ready to jump ship anyway. I think the classy thing to do would have been to give me the opportunity to quit rather than getting released. But at the end of the day, everyone got what they wanted.
Best and worst things about TNA right now? LMV: I dont want to mention worst things, but the best is that I think women like Brooke and Taryn have really blossomed as wrestlers.
Thoughts on the Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell matches, Mickie James new TV character? LMV: Gail is always a fantastic performer, and those matches really highlight how far Taryn has progressed. Mickie is an amazing talent, and shines in anything she does.
How was working with Jessie Godderz and Robbie E? LMV: So much fun! Did you need to ask? We had an amazing time. Those are two young charismatic guys who both can have long successful wrestling careers.
TAINTED DREAMS is the Grey’s Anatomy which occurs in a soap studio instead of a hospital. It is a scripted ‘dramedy’, blending comedy and drama seamlessly. It follows the lives of the cast and crew, including the corporate network heads, of the fictional soap Painted Dreams, touching upon many social issues. It is a rare look at the interaction of all principals’ involvement in a realistic manner, while creating compelling dilemmas along the way.
Tainted Dreams is differentiated by the blend of a popular, diverse cast, with award winning talent from All My Children, One Life to Live and As the World Turns and main stream stars from reality and theater, musical artists, stand-up comics and political and sports figures.
Best Amateur Hip-Hop Dancer Who’s Also a Professional Wrestler
LISA MARIE VARON : RealLisaMarie.com
Written by: Laura Molzahn
If you can execute a moonsault, hip-hop will be a snap, of course. But when Lisa Marie Varon showed up last summer in the dance class I take, I had no idea who she was. Tall, slender, broad-shouldered, with a lightning-bolt streak of red in her dark hair, she had an eagle eye for new moves and the sinewy, serpentine strength to nail them. I was envious. Then my teacher—who’d met Varon in the 90s, when she was a fitness model—told me that this new student, who’d recently moved back to Chicago, was actually a champion professional wrestler, known as “Victoria” in WWE and as “Tara” (aka “Tarantula”) in TNA (Total Nonstop Action) Wrestling. Well, OK: I didn’t feel so bad. Though Varon usually plays the heel—she once dropped a tarantula on an unconscious opponent—in real life she’s proved to be super nice (whew), whether dancing or dishing out comfort food at her new pizza-and-burger joint, the Squared Circle.
First stop was The Squared Circle to visit with Lisa Marie Varon (who wrestles as Tara for Impact Wrestling, formerly known as TNA). Earlier in her career, when she was with WWE, she was Victoria. It was under that identity that she faced Molly Holly in 2004 at WrestleMania XX. And took a barber’s shears to Molly Holly’s hair after Victoria was victorious in their bout.
No hard feelings were apparent Thursday when Molly (Nora Greenwald in real life) dined at Lisa Marie’s restaurant. While I waited to chat with the two lovely ladies, their WrestleMania match was being shown on the television screens at the establishment with a full house of patrons looking on.