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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Vintage Vixen: 11 Years Ago Today – RAW February 17, 2003

Backstage Stevie Richards is trying to convince Victoria to ask Jazz to be a tag partner. Jazz says she came to the WWE for two reasons to eliminate Trish Stratus and to be the most dominant diva in wrestling. Victoria says that she’s the WWE Women’s champion but Jazz suggests she won’t be Champion for long. Later it’s a Divas tag team match. Victoria (with Stevie Richards) & Jazz vs Molly Holly and Jacqueline. Jazz & Victoria have difficulties getting along as partners during the match. Jazz gets the pin on Molly to win the match for the team of Victoria & Jazz. Jazz & Victoria then have an altercation with each other after the match.
Check out the February 17, 2003 RAW Screen Captures

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Vintage Vixen: 2 Years Ago Today – Impact February 16, 2012

Battle Royal for the #1 Contender Spot for the Knockout Title. ODB eliminated Winter and Brooke Tessmacher. ODB eliminated Rosita and threw her on top of Winter/Tessmacher. ODB eliminated Mickie James. Sarita, Velvet, Angelina Love and Tara eliminated ODB. Angelina Love eliminated Tara. Sarita eliminated Angelina Love. Velvet Sky eliminated Sarita then Madison Rayne dumped Velvet Sky. Gail Kim was at ringside to watch the match.
Check out the February 16, 2012 Impact Screen Captures

Vintage Vixen: 10 Years Ago Today – RAW February 16, 2004

Divas Tag Team Match. Victoria (with Stevie Richards) & Trish Stratus vs Jazz & Molly Holly. Victoria gets the win by pinning Molly Holly. After the match, Test runs down to the ring and attacks Stevie Richards, Victoria, and Trish until Christian comes to make the save.
Check out the February 16, 2004 RAW Screen Captures

Vintage Vixen: 11 Years Ago Today – Heat February 16, 2003

Victoria (w/ Steven Richards) vs. Jacqueline. Jacqueline takes control early with a spinning heel kick early on. Powerslam by Victoria for a two count. Springboard Slingshot by Jackie, tried a second time but reversed into a back body drop by Victoria. Jacqueline up to the top rope, with a high cross body onto Victoria and Richards on the outside. Steven enters the ring and Jacqueline takes him down. Victoria hits the Widow’s Peak for the win.
Check out the February 16, 2003 Sunday Night Heat Screen Captures

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Just wanted to let all the visitors know about a new feature I’m going to keep the site updates more active. The feature is called “Vintage Vixen”. What the updates will give is a post of “Today in History” type updates. I will be posting flashbacks to some of Lisa Marie’s past according to the date of the day. It will include links to the gallery so you can relive the moments and memories.

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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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Check out Lisa Marie’s new interview. She was on Overtime’s debut show today.
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!


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This Wednesday, January 22nd at 8 PM Indie Night will feature Vanguard Wrestling at The Squared Circle Restaurant! Join your favorite Vanguards at The Squared Circle restaurant for VWAA Night with Lisa Marie Varon & The Shared Spandex podcast! So be sure to stop by if you are in the Chicago Area tomorrow night!

Event: Vanguard Wrestling at Indie Night
Location: The Squared Circle Restaurant
Address: 2418 N. Ashland Chicago, IL
Date & Time: January 22nd, 2014 at 8PM

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Event: Glory by Honor XII
Date: October 26, 2013
Where: Frontier Fieldhouse
Location: 9807 Sayre Ave, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415

Lisa Marie will be part of a Special Meet & Greet Autograph Session prior to the show. For more details about the show, tickets, and other wrestlers appearing, please visit!

Glory by Honor XII

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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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One Night Only: Knockouts Knockdown – Premieres Friday, Sept 6 on Pay-Per-View and YouTube
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Watch the Knockouts Knockdown Video Preview below.

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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.

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This is what TNA had posted on today in regards to Tara’s release.

IMPACT Wrestling has released Tara. We thank Tara for all her contributions and wish her the best of success in the future.

In case anyone is wondering about the future for this site, I have no intention of closing. So stick around!

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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.

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Celebrate the Fourth of July and and Independence Day with a special TNA Knockouts photo shoot video – featuring the lovely ladies of TNA Wrestling

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Best Amateur Hip-Hop Dancer Who’s Also a Professional Wrestler
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.

Hip-Hop Dance Lisa Marie Varon

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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 wicked witches of WWE
BY Ryan Murphy
#9 Victoria

Her Nicki Minaj-rapped entrance theme warned, “I ain’t the lady to mess with.” That wasn’t just an empty threat for the physically imposing Victoria — a rare Diva brawler who was at her best in high-risk Chicago Street Fights and Hardcore Matches.

As attractive as she was — like Trish Stratus, Victoria was a fitness model in her pre-WWE days — this powerful female didn’t wince at broken nails as she bashed Trish Stratus with garbage cans and battered Lita in the first-ever Divas Steel Cage Match. A two-time Women’s Champion, Victoria rarely stooped to humiliation or degradation like many of the names on this list. Instead, she let her brutality speak for itself.

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