Lisa Marie Varon (b. 1971) is an American Professional Wrestler from San Bernardino, California best known for her work in WWE as Victoria and for TNA as Tara. She started as a fitness model and trained at Ultimate Pro Wrestling, debuting in June 2000. Her first onscreen role in WWE was as a member of the Godfather's "Hos," becoming officially named after he had turned heel and joined Right to Censor and thrown her through a table. She was then sent down to WWE's developmental promotion Memphis Championship Wrestling for further training. After MCW closed, she was moved to Ohio Valley Wrestling, where she worked as the manager for the Tag Team of Doug Basham and Damaja as a member of the Power Stable the Revolution. She was officially reintroduced to WWE in 2002 as the crazed nemesis of Trish Stratus, saying that Trish had left her behind when they were both fitness models. Victoria aligned herself with Steven Richards. She would go on to become a 2x WWE Women's Champion. In TNA, she is a 5x TNA Knockouts Champion and a 1x TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion with Brooke Tessmacher.Despite the name she used in OVW as a member of the Revolution (see Royals Who Actually Do Something below), she has no connection to Queen Vicky.As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.
"These ain't the tropes to mess with":
All Webbed Up: Her most frequently used signature move was dubbed the Spider's Web.
The Artifact: Her little dance before the standing moonsault came when Victoria returned to her dancing character during her second Women's title reign. Despite dropping that character a year later, she still kept the dance before she did the moonsault.
Ascended Extra: A member of the Godfather's Ho Train, and, once he turned heel and joined Right to Censor, she was the first one to be named.
BadassBiker Babe: Defied on Smackdown where she tried to steal Chuck Palumbo's bike but was intercepted by Michelle McCool. Played straight on TNA impact upon Tara's return with Madison Rayne, the two of them even ran over Mickie James in an attempt to take her out, breaking her arm.
Beauty, Brains and Brawn: She is actually all three of these. The Beauty part is obvious. For the Brains part, she studied biology at UCLA and medicine at Lorna Linda University and worked as a Human Tissue Coordinator at the Inland Eye and Tissue Bank where she was involved in organ donation. For the Brawn part, she was a fitness model and bodybuilder.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Trish gave her a bloody nose during a hardcore match. She also got a cracked tooth in that same match.
Characterization Marches On: She started out as a ho, then a goofy ex-ho who danced a lot, then suddenly paired up with Steven Richards and went psycho. Then she kind of snapped back to the dancing character without explanation and didn't want anything to do with Richards anymore because he was crazy.
Character Check: The crazy violent shade of her character would briefly emerge again during a feud with Christy Hemme and then against champion Mickie James. Both times she soon reverted into the goofball without a comment from anybody. And she's back to "crazy" and into Richards in House Of Hardcore.
Reality Subtext: She had been a cheerleader in high school and even been named an NCA All-American in her senior year.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: As the Commissioner in MCW, since she was also working as a heel manager for Steve Bradley and competed and interfered in matches.
Crazy Sane: The closest her change in character ever came to being acknowledged is when Victoria decided she would have to go wild and crazy if she was to defeat Mickie James.
Cute and Psycho: She's beautiful and did a great job playing a "crazy" character.
Cute Bruiser: Less so in her WWE run where she was almost always the largest woman on the roster and frequently a brutal heel or odd goof. In TNA though she had the roughly equal in size Alissa Flash, larger Awesome Kong alongside less conventionally cute ODB and Daffney while she herself was much more subdued than any of her WWE personas. Still Victoria is a lot stronger than she looks, on the third House of Hardcore show the crowd lost it when they saw her carrying around, tossing and slamming Carlito
Demoted to Extra: And started losing all her coolness when she started jobbing left and right to anything that's not nailed down or on fire.
The Dragon: Has served this role for a few other Knockouts.
Eyes Do Not Belong There: When she used "All The Things She Said" as her entrance music, her video started with an image of an eye in the palm of a hand.
Halloween Cosplay: Usually something practical, like a baseball player but during her goof phase she wore such highlights as a Sumo Wrestler Fat Suit and scuba gear with snorkel and flippers. She attempted to wrestle in the latter two too, with predictable results.
Played Straight when Victoria feud with Mickie James overtook Melina's, who had finally moved on but went back to antagonizing Mickie to stay off Victoria's hit list.
Not-So-Harmless Villain\Villain Decay: Her heel persona has been in a tug of war between these from Sunday Night Heat onward do to inconsistent booking and psychology. At some points she seemed almost completely indomitable, taking on multiple people at once. At others, falling out of the ring after getting kicked was one of her signature spots. 2005 Taboo Tuesday is a good example of the former, her entire Smackdown run for the latter.
The Ophelia: Dark version, in her early career. Once Molly and Jacqueline fell out of the picture during her feud with Trish, Victoria fell off the deep end. She didn't just want the women's title, she wanted to make Trish bleed, break her bones then to take Trish's soul. Then she started hating anything that resembled Trish (like Terri Runnels, apparently), then she bit off Stacy Keibler's finger nails, then she started to talk to people that were not there. Then she lost the title back to Trish but still held her hands as if she the title was still in them. She got to be in a few hardcore matches and street fights to let her cut loose without disqualification too. On the other hand, she was still in plenty of WWE.com photo shoots and focuses.
An interview during her time in UPW had her rant about how they always got body builders who walked in thinking that because they were body builders they could be wrestlers too. She herself had a body building background.
In her segment on the WWE Divas Undressed DVD, in re her role as a member of the Godfather's Ho Train, she joked, "Who better to play the Ho role?"
Signature Move: An over the top leg drop (to the point on WWE Byte this she mentioned trying to use it less so she would not become associated with it), the Spider's Web (standing fireman's carry to sidewalk slam), a standing moonsault sometimes preceded by a dance shake or standing directly on top of the opponent, a super kick but only during her second Women's championship title run.
Sitcom: Played "Chickasaurus" on the Nikki episode "Topless."
Start My Own: Fat Tony's, her pizza restaurant in Louisville, KY. She had a car customizing business called Black Widow Customs, which was destroyed in a fire in 2010. She and her husband opened a restaurant in Chicago in 2013 called the Squared Circle.
The Teetotaler: Seems to be a curious case of cultural isolation combined with a bad first experience. When Kevin Nash took control of TNA Impact, he ordered Tara and ODB to each down a six pack of beer and then immediately wrestle a no holds barred match. Cut to a visibly disgusted Tara holding an open beer bottle and exclaiming she had no idea what she drinking and was going to finish them only so she could get her hands on ODB. Bottle Fairy ODB, on the other hand, was not handicapped by this at all.
To Be a Master: When she went to TNA, she cut a promo saying she wanted to be remembered among the best wrestlers in the world and did not think that would happen if she stayed on Smackdown but could do it in TNA if she could beat Awesome Kong.
Would Hit a Girl: The Goodfather threw her through a table. On the May 12, 2001 episode of Memphis Championship Wrestling's TV show, Joey Abs hit her with his "Absolute" move.
Yandere: Victoria could have been more of a case of Hate Makes You Crazy, at least in her feud with Trish. She had her own straight example in Stevie Richards after her face turn though.