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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Welcome to August… aka, the month of #NWA #Empowerrr!! The guest this week for GAWTV’s 65th Episode is NWA Women’s Champion Kamille! This episode will premiere on YouTube on August 4th, 2021 at 4PM CT time. What better way to kick off a month of shows highlighting this landmark event (we are so proud and excited, @Mickie James) than with our special guest this week. We’re starting at the top of the mountain with the NWA Women’s Champion, Kamille!!! Join Mickie, SoCal Val and Lisa Marie Varon as we talk with the champ about her success, her influences, her future and Empowerrr. Be sure to follow Kamille on Instagram at @kamillebrickhouse and subscribe to her YouTube channel, @Kamille Brickhouse.

Grown Ass Women (GAW) is a show for strong, opinionated women who embrace their femininity while keeping it real. Hosted by the sassy trio of Mickie James, Lisa Marie Varon and Valerie Wyndham who are known for their careers in pro wrestling. Get ready to let loose and have a laugh with these unfiltered ladies as they discuss topics ranging from current events, careers and relationships to fashion, beauty, wine, music and more! Official merchandise store has gear, accessories and swag now on Please support the show by joining and get rewards like exclusive content, bonus footage, early access to episodes and more

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This Wednesday, March 24th, 2021, join Victoria, Kane, Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle on WWE’s The Bump. Victoria celebrates Women’s History Month and her return at Royal Rumble 2021. Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle reflect on their legendary battle at WrestleMania 22.

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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.”

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Victoria was one of WWE’s most unique Divas. 30-Second Fury takes a look back at her devastating finishing move: The Widow’s Peak! Victoria ain’t the Diva to mess with!

Check out the original Black Widow, Victoria, as she decimates Mickie James, Torrie Wilson, and more Divas with the Widow’s Peak in the video below!

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Event: House of Hardcore #3
Where: Mid-Hudson Civic Center
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Date: Saturday November 9, 2013
Belltime: 7:30pm
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!

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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.

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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.

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The Squared Circle Serves Up a Delight of a Night
March 14, 2013

OK, I have to admit it: I spent the night with Brooke Hogan. All right, not the entire night. Oh, and with Christy Hemme, Gail Kim, Velvet Sky, SoCal Val and Lisa Marie Varon. Plus Robbie E, Chris Daniels, Joseph Park and a bunch of other wrestling folks.

My idea of work: Posing with Brooke Hogan was painless. Well, for me it was.
They all were at a private pre-party Wednesday (March 13) for the grand opening of The Squared Circle (2418 N. Ashland, Chicago), the restaurant owned by Lisa Marie and her husband/chef Lee. The restaurant is wrestling-themed — with memoriabilia framed on the walls alongside flat-screen televisions — but not overwhelmingly so.

The establishment will show wrestling on those TVs. Included will be the TNA Impact Wrestling live event Thursday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. The show is to be televised at 7 p.m. on Spike TV, so opening-night diners and/or drinkers (there is a bar area) will be able to take in the wrestling action.

Because the TNA Impact Wrestling action actually will be showing one card live and taping another, Lisa Marie and her colleagues are unlikely to make an encore trip to the restaurant Thursday before it closes at midnight.

Meanwhile, back to Wednesday night. Also attending were some members of the media. Included were Rich Koz (aka Svengoolie of TV fame), Luis Gomez of the Chicago Tribune and Elliott Serrano of Redeye, another Tribune property.

Also present and chronicling some of the evening’s events was filmmaker Matt Goldberg, whose movie “Tarafied” has been submitted to the Cannes Film Festival. And before anyone scoffs at that notion, let the record show Goldberg had an entry in 2012 at Cannes.

Goldberg has the knack for capturing the action and activity without being intrusive. One example occurred when Brooke arrived with a gift for Lisa Marie (known in TNA circles — or rings — as Tara). Brooke brought a little bag whose distinctive color indicated it was from Tiffany. Inside was a small box. Inside the small box was a smaller trademark Tiffany bag.

Lisa Marie carefully opened the present that included Tiffany tissue and a white ribbon around the book. Inside the bag was a necklace (you can see it in the accompanying video that Lisa Marie was gracious enough to submit to after an evening of meeting and mingling with her friends and assorted guests).

Goldberg blended into the woodwork — well, close to it — and captured the moment. Can’t wait to see where that video footage ends up.

Toward the end of the evening’s festivities, your humble correspondent approached Christy Hemme and reminded her of having escorted her to the ring at TNA’s 2008 “Bound for Glory” event, also at the Sears Centre. She feigned remembering our previous relationship. Can’t imagine why. At the very least, one of us recalled the moment and called it one of the highlights of his life.

Well, Christy still was/is a good sport and consented to posing with Velvet Sky for a photo (there it is toward the top of today’s posting).

Meanwhile back to Brooke Hogan. She is attractive and tall (especially in 4-inch heels, or however high they were) and seemed in good spirits. She even performed waitress duties by bringing a round of drinks to the table where she and some of her female cohorts were stationed.

Brooke also was a good sport and posed for a photo with yours truly — with Lisa Marie taking the picture.

If all this sounds a bit surreal, the reason is simple: It is. Was. Always will be. Was there an hour or two of waiting for that moment to occur? Indeed. Does anyone really care? Nope. Certainly not me.

Here is the interview that Lisa Marie Varon was gracious enough to do after a busy evening at The Squared Circle:


* Speaking of Lisa Marie Varon, she will be a guest on “Sports & Torts” on Thursday (March 14) at noon Chicago time on with co-hosts David Spada and Elliott Harris. Because she has to be at the Sears Centre before noon to prepare for the TNA Impact Wrestling event at night, the interview with her is taped. For those who miss the original “Sports & Torts” broadcast, it will become available on podcast later in the day.

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Morph Trainer Joey Thurman, Lisa Marie Varon Keep Fit With Kettlebells.
Morph personal trainer Joey Thurman shared tips on how to keep fit using kettlebells. He and Lisa Marie Varon, a-k-a Tara, from TNA’s Impact Wrestling showed us how.

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Uniquely Chicago: Lisa Marie Varon. Posted on January 24, 2013. She’s shut down opponents left and right in the ring, and now wrestling champ Lisa Marie Varon is sharing her story of how it all came about.

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