Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Aug 23, 2013
Tara Says She’ll Never Return To TNA – Find Out Why

Tara Says She’ll Never Return To TNA – Find Out Why

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?

LMV: 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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11 Responses to “Tara Says She’ll Never Return To TNA – Find Out Why”

  1. RavenNevermore says:

    Looks like someone is kissing WWE’s ass for a job. Sorry but cannot wrestle out of a douchebag

    • ricky_No1 says:

      Kissing WWEs ass? You must be reading another article because i saw no ass kissing and on top of that cant wrestle? Dumbest comment award goes to you i think.

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      No not really, the person doing the interview even asked the bad things about TNA and she refused to mention them (even though by the way she said it there were). If she was kissing ass she would've bashed TNA endlessly and praised WWE as being the better product, which she didn't do. She just said that TNA has gone from from what it was as far as the KO division goes, and anyone who watches the show would know that.

  2. foxycaretaker83 says:

    Now every wrestler and/or former wrestler has their own point of view, but ok WWE has more women who claim they're wrestlers and tna only has a few female wrestlers and yet tna knockouts are still better. The only direction the divas are showing is straight to porn lol specially w/ that retarded reality TV show. They show less brain than talent.

  3. NotCookz says:

    "I still am able to have great matches."

    Then I hope she doesn't go back to the WWE. Unless she enjoys 3 minute roll-up matches on the toilet break section of RAW.

  4. Tiffanydude says:

    Never say Never Lisa!

  5. 1Risky1 says:

    (I like the direction that the Divas are heading) that would be to reality shows. If she and TNA new she wasn’t going to re-sign she should be ok with the decision and focus on one restaurant for now instead of expanding or else she will need to call Chef Ramsy for help

  6. TheBringer92 says:

    Seems like she might be going to WWE soon

  7. whatsup121 says:

    she did say that it's cause she is so busy with the restaurant , makes sence if she plans on making this your bread and butter you have to devote a lot of time to it especially in the beginning

  8. JoeWrestling says:

    If she wasn't going to resign then there isn't much to complain about her being released. It's really semantics to argue about being released versus your contact expiring, who cares. Although one has to question why she would not resign given she's obviously paid a lot for little work, and the TV exposure obviously helps her restaurant. I'm supposed to believe doing about 4 days work a month for TNA was cutting into her business time too much.

  9. Marlon says:

    For me, it was when they allowed Samoa Joe into the X Division. I think Joe is great, but for me the X Division was all about the high-flying cusrier weight action, and in fact was what drew my attention away from WWE and towards TNA in the first place. It seemed like Joe’s inclusion was the death knell for the division, since it quickly went downhill after that (does it even exist anymore?) If I were going to start watching Impact again, it would be for the reinstation of something like the X Division.

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