Tara Breaks Silence on TNA Release, Says She “Will Never” Return to the Company

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Over a month after she was released by TNA, former Knockouts Champion Tara — real name Lisa Marie Varon — has broken her silence on her departure from the company.

Lisa admits she was close to leaving the company anyway and was taken by surprise when TNA decided to release her instead.

She told the Wrestling Observer: “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 [Carter] 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.”

The five-time Knockouts Champion also boldly claimed she “will never” return to TNA.

Asked about her future plans in wrestling, she said: “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.”

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  • Monkey Tennis

    I’m still gonna hope she’ll be on the Shimmer card for October. even if it’s just a one shot deal.

  • wwestarlee

    Well I’m glad she was honest and happy for her, looking forward to what she does next. I would agree with her about the divas division but i cant. Me personally and this is just my opinion. The way the “divas division” could be saved and in a good direction would be if all the girls were used in some type of way & more consistently like they were years ago but hey that’s just me

    • xFoxylicious

      WWE should start using Alicia, Tamina and Aksana. Aksana has to be the jobber. Tamina the one that fails to make a statement. Alicia the bipolar diva (even tho, she’s stayed as a heel. Which is great. IMO.) If they want jobbers, why don’t they just hire random girls? Like, when Beth Phoenix had matches with 3 local wrestlers. Or just get someone from NXT. I don’t know, maybe someone can be a jobber in the main roster but not for so long like Alicia and Aksana. -.-

      • wwestarlee

        exactly,like tbh i thought they should have kept Aksana with Antonio at least she could work on her in ring skills. luckily foxy has won a match this year and was on TV,but i feel she needs to be used more thank god they put her on the total divas after show with Renee ( BTW with total divas getting more episodes i guess its safe to assume the after show will be around a little longer).Tamina unfortunately always gets the ball dropped on her smh they need to either put her as Vickie’s bodyguard/assistant or in a decent story line

      • BorisG

        Right. Division is split into 3 parts:
        Divas title feud: Kaitlyn, AJ, Lalya also playing some part
        Total Divas: Bellas, The Funkadactyls, Natalya, Eva, JoJo
        Other Divas AKA jobbers: Alicia, Aksana, Rosa, Tamina.

  • Lan Galvez

    I hope she’ll be one of the WWE hall of famer that will be inducted next years…

    I love her as Victoria not as Tara (Honestly) and I hope that she should have an appearance in WWE.

  • RayVolution

    Ehhh….I don’t blame her at all, the way she was released would have pissed me off a little as well….not to mention the confusing but fallen direction they are going….it’s not the same anymore.

    I’ll continue to support her either way though. Lisa is one of my favorite wrestlers and she can definitely go in her physical condition right now, so hopefully we see the likes of her in places like SHINE, SHIMMER, as well as other independents like NYWC or even ROH

  • I dig CrayJ

    I am glad she got what she wanted!What I like most about her is that she knows when to stop so she doesn’t get stale,unlike many people in that buisness!

    • xFoxylicious

      Agreed. She’s awesome.

  • LeaTHeartsWWE

    THANK GOD SHE”S NOT COMING BACK! Then she can mosey on over to WWE………

    • xFoxylicious

      I think if she comes back, she’ll be either a trainer or just a one time thing. :/ It would be great tho.

      • LeaTHeartsWWE

        Yeah it would.I would be jumping around the room xD.

        • xFoxylicious

          Haha Lol

  • xFoxylicious

    It was kind of a bitchy move by TNA on knowing that she was leaving in a month or two and just release her like that. I would’ve been pissed too. I’m glad she’s not coming back, she deserves much better than TNA. I hope her restaurant succeds and can be all over the world! :) I would love to visit it!

  • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

    Am I the only one who couldn´t enter DD for HOURS!

    • LeaTHeartsWWE

      Days here….. *tear tear*

      • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

        Where have you been? I miss you so much, i feel like I don´t see you commenting for days!

        • LeaTHeartsWWE

          Yeah my computer was being a asshole xD. And I was so pissed. So I could’t comment for like 6-5 days!! But I’m glad u missed me. ;)

          • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

            :) Thank god your back!

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      No, I had the same problem and sadly, it happens usually since the day they change the site.

      • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

        I know right. Its already becoming a bit ridiculous, its happening all the time!

    • xFoxylicious

      It happens to me everytime there’s a Raw response or a Total Divas response. :(

  • Ilovekpop

    OMG why TNA!!! Whyyy!!! At least they should let her do a final match!!!

    • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

      She had it, at Xplosion LOOL

    • I dig CrayJ

      Funny how WWE gave Victoria a lengthy last match with little build up against a super heel Michelle and an emotional retirement speech ON SMACKDOWN,while Tara lost to a drunken rusty bitch looking like Robbie E’s and Jessie’s hoe in a semi-good match AT XPLOSION.Sometimes WWE treats their talent better.

      • SomebodyCallMyDaddy

        I’m dying at the drunken rusty bitch part ????????????

        • I dig CrayJ

          hahaha! love your name <3

      • BorisG

        Well she had her first ‘retirement’ match in TNA against Madison at PPV. But I get your point.

      • Ilovekpop

        That’s right! ):

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    One of the greatness divas/tna ko/female wrestler of all time! I just love her, so honest and hope to see her in the HOF on day.

    Also, according to some sites such as Wrestlinginc.com, Aj’s challenger for NOC will be one of the total divas which would likely be Nattie or Naomi and this is a great news!

    • xFoxylicious

      I don’t care which one it is because I would love if Nattie was the challenger and same thing with Naomi!

  • carlos

    Did ya’ll pick up on the shade she threw lol she said the travel guy called her to tell her she was released lol…… How sad is that? Usually the director of talent calls the talent to notify them. Dixie needs to get it together i love tna but they need to get it the fuck together.

    • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

      Yes it is a bit sad seriously! Looks like Dixie likes to go the easy way!

    • xFoxylicious

      If this keeps going like that, TNA won’t exist by 2015.

      • Kingbooman

        I say about 2014 It wo nt be a Knockouts division.

        • xFoxylicious

          I think it will vanish one day. There’s just 6 girls (correct me if i’m wrong, please.) and they are just using Gail, ODB and Mickie… Taryn apparently is pregnant so she won’t be near a ring anytime soon. God knows where Velvet is, and Brooke is probably gonna be a manager for awhile. (Which is bad, imo)
          They need to step up their game because they’re slowly dying.

          • I dig CrayJ

            I don’t feel they give that much of an effort too.They could come up with something cool they just seem they don’t want to,storyline wise of course.

          • BorisG

            Sign Jillian. Serena, Mia Yim, Santana – all the girls that were on Knockouts PPV. Bring back Alissa Flash, she always keep coming back and they treat her badly. She should have been KO Champion.

          • I dig CrayJ

            Even just one of them would be a breath of fresh air!I think Sarita deserves it too

          • BorisG

            She really does. But she is in Japan righ now.

          • nismos69

            They’ll probably release Tarryn if shes sitting on her pregnent ass all day recieving their money. Ahahhah

      • jcott3

        From the way people have been talking about TNA lately, 2015 might be a little generous.

        • xFoxylicious

          Maybe I am being too generous.. oh well. Only time will tell us, they might vanish next year or in 2 years. But I do have the feeling that they WILL vanish. Thanks to Hogan and Biscois or whatever his name is spelled. TNA is slowly dying, I tell ya’.

        • I dig CrayJ

          *TOO generous :P

      • AceRuby

        Stop people have been saying this for the past decade already and TNA is still alive and well people are making way to much out of these recent cuts to be honest.

        • xFoxylicious

          And who even said it was only about the cuts? Dixie Carter’s apparently, a two faced unprofesional bitch. They have no money and that’s why they keep firing awesome talents (Madison, Tara, Crimson, etc). They have problems with their developmental deal with OVW. They are slowly dying and a travel guy calling a talent to let her know she was released, not Dixie or the one in charge of talent relations pretty much says it all. There will be more cuts too. The knockouts division is slowly dying too. Velvet is somewhere on earth, Mickie, Gail and ODB are the only ones being used, Taryn’s apparently pregnant, Brooke will most likely be a manager for a long time and that’s pretty bad. If the knockouts division didn’t even existed, TNA wouldn’t even be here. IMO. The knockouts and the X division (kinda) are the only thing keeping them alive and they’re both slowly dying. Now, shall we continue?

  • LeaTHeartsWWE

    And TNA are asshole’s for releasing her, even if she was going to leave they should’ve let done something with her last months!

    • xFoxylicious

      This! I’ve lost respect for them.

      • LeaTHeartsWWE

        Honey, I lost respect for them a long time ago because who in the blue heel lets a travel guy tell her she was released?! Oh wait, I know TNA! They got lucky with WWE fresh outs. But I give em a year. Tick tock TNA

        • xFoxylicious

          LOL, I find it so funny, ridiculous and dumb. My god, I want to be a wrestler one day and IF TNA still exist by then, I will make sure i’ll never go.

          • LeaTHeartsWWE

            Agreed.

        • BorisG

          Haha tick tock, that was great :)

  • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

    I just LOVE this woman seriously, one of my all time favourite, gosh I love her SO much, and I´m so sad that I will probably see her on my screen again, doing what she does best :(
    Dixie Carter, FUCK YOU BITCH!

    • xFoxylicious

      She’s a two faced bitch. Just like Kharma said.

    • Liam

      as the saying goes, karma gets everyone. Dixie will resp what she sows

      • nismos69

        Not sure if you mean Karma or Kharma……. Bust a bitch

  • Randi Parker

    I really do hope to see her have one more run in WWE to hold the Divas title, then she would have held every major women’s title in the top two companies, no one has done that before.

    And before anyone tries to disprove me, Mickie James has never held the TNA Knockout Tag Team Championships, Tara/Victoria has!

  • ????? KING ?????

    I hope WWE signs her she has a few more years left and deserves a retirement feud she is a legend imo i have grew up with her she has been on TV for over a decade now she is like a female Undertaker or Triple H. Even if WWE does not use her as a wrestler i have always wanted to see her play this Sherri Martel type manager role i would love to see her and Vickie feud

    • Kingbooman

      Victoria vs Natayla or Victoria vs Tamina or Victoria vs Kaitlyn! give her one of these memorable feuds.

      • xFoxylicious

        The greatness of a Victoria vs. Natalya match. ?.?

        • Kingbooman

          I wont her And Nattie to both enter the royal rumble and it will be first time two divas ent3r Royal Rumble.

          • xFoxylicious

            That would be so cool!

    • xFoxylicious

      I hope they sign her too.

  • Kingbooman

    I dont call (Lisa) Tara nomore that buisness is dumb!
    Victoria buisness is the best!
    If Victoria comes back.Natayla and Victoria will be the most dominant females.And Victoria will be the TRUE Physcho! Mickie, AJ, Victoria all have different crazyness.

    • I dig CrayJ

      And all of them are successful! The crazy gimmick is my favorite type of gimmick!

      • BorisG

        Victoria does it the best. She vs AJ must happen.

        • I dig CrayJ

          The entire feud would be themed ” I’ll show you crazy! ”

  • AWESOMENICK

    I’m so glad that she likes where the divas are headed!! Which means there is a chance that MAYBE she will return someday AHHH

  • Timalee

    Would be nice to see Victoria be one of the former divas that return. Who knows, they may give her one or two Diva title reigns. I can see her now, if she returned today, go against Aj for the title, Psycho vs Psycho.

    • Kingbooman

      And Mickie returns and it be Maniac vs Physcho vs Crazy.

      • Timalee

        I know Mickie won’t return. I think she’s into her music more now. I think the only way Mickie would return is if WWE promises a good amount of pay, and good story lines, and a few title opportunities.

        • Kessa

          and possibly a spot on total divas where she can focus on music.

        • AceRuby

          Mickie’s not going back to the WWE at this point the WWE would want to control her music career and she’s not going to be giving that up anytime soon i’d imagine. Plus she seems to be embracing her role as Knockouts champion right now and being the face of the division currently.

      • Liam

        Mickie has always said that WWE is her “home”. I hope to see her back in WWE as well as Lisa. maybe Lisa can be in the Wyatt family along with Paige? they both look badass!

        • BorisG

          Mickie’s contract expires before BFG.

          • nismos69

            If she gets released without a retirement match at BFG i am srsly done with TNA omg,

          • BorisG

            I hope she resigns, because if she doesn’t, TNA’s women’s division is dead.

          • nismos69

            It may not be entirely her fault, i mean we have no proof she runs who gets resigned or fired,but the budget cuts are her fault and she should pay for them the slutty whore.

    • JoeyBing

      I’d only like to see LMV return to WWE if they make her the alpha-diva that they should have made her years ago. I was never comfortable watcher her having to put over Trish, but having to put over the Bella’s, Kelly and McCool was WWE embarrassing themselves

      • Timalee

        who’s LMV

        • xFoxylicious

          Lisa Marie Varon aka Tara/Victoria. Lol

          • Timalee

            Oh haha! Could have just said Victoria or Tara. I didn’t mind her and Trish’s bouts, cause even though Trish did get the bigger push, Victoria was given very good credit in the time era.

            When she started becoming the diva who would lose to new divas, I had a problem with that. When she and Torrie were going at it, I was okay with it because it was a rivalry on SD. When she started losing to Michelle (in the beginning of her career) I was like what the hell. I didn’t have a problem when Michelle was pushed over her when the divas title came along. When she lost to Cherry, I was happy cause I liked Cherry. When she lost to the Bellas i was like, NO! haha

          • BorisG

            This. She could lose to Torrie, Ashley, Trish, Candice. But to Bellas, Maria, Kelly Kelly. Hell no!

  • LeaTHeartsWWE

    Dear Dixie Carter,

    I would personally like to thank you for ruining TNA and my life. And would like to say that you should get a brain and a life. :) And also Im suprised that TNA hasn’t fired you yet because you are horrible. And I would also like to say, that you have lost my respect along with TNA in general. And hopefully you will go back to Pre School to learn the fucking ABC’s of Wrestling and Talent. :)

    XOXO,
    From the biggest Pissed
    off fan. :)

    • Kingbooman

      Jane vs Dixie!
      Umm idk they both lose.

      • xFoxylicious

        I think I prefer Jane. LOL. Dixie is just…ugh.

        • Kingbooman

          Jane cut to many diva matches!!

          • xFoxylicious

            Oh, well…um I didn’t know that. Lol.
            Let’s just say Jane vs. Dixie with Kharma attacking both. ;)

          • Kingbooman

            She cut Two diva superstars divas matches and a Wrestlemania match.

          • xFoxylicious

            What was the Wrestlemania match?

          • I dig CrayJ

            Tons of Funk and Funkadactyls vs Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins

          • nismos69

            Yeah and they both happened this week and last week the slut. AHAHAH

      • AWESOMENICK

        LMFAO JANE!!! Seriously #HEELjane is one of my favorite’s backstage along with Queen Sandra

    • xFoxylicious

      PREACH!

    • BorisG

      Everything was right, but no one can fire her because she owns the company. Her father bought TNA, and she runs it. So she’s not going anywhere, but she should be smart and resign and let people who understand wrestling to do her job, like Jeff Jarrett who CREATED the company.

  • Ittyx

    Dicksie is probably the stupidest person on Earth. I hope TNA goes bankrupt or gets a better person than Dicksies crusty ass

    • xFoxylicious

      This. If she wants TNA to be saved then Hogan and her should just go away.

    • nismos69

      “Dicksie” AHAHAHAHAHHA DEAAAD

  • jcott3

    It’s nice to know Victoria once again has a good opinion of the WWE Divas division. A couple of years ago she was spitting nails over what they had become.

    • JoeyBing

      That’s because it’s only been since the Taryn vs Gail Last Woman Standing match and the success of Total Diva’s that the genius’s in WWE creative decided that it’s possible that the Diva’s could be a ratings spike if they can actually learn how to wrestle. I still won’t have much respect for WWE until Sara Del Ray is added to the roster.

      • xFoxylicious

        I think Sara’s happy where she is so, I don’t see her in the main roster anytime soon.

      • jcott3

        Everything I’ve heard is that Sara was hired to be a trainer, not an on-air talent.

  • http://noreallyitstrue.wordpress.com/ AdrianRay

    She’s so damn classy!

  • Marcos Navarro

    I can tell that she wanted a departing match. :/ Who knows, maybe her retiring match from wrestling could be against Natalya next year.

  • ?xXwhitenoiseXx ?

    You go Glen Cocco!!
    Haha I hope she comes back home to WWE. Victoria vs AJ. *swoons*

  • Jesse Markes

    she’s a good person

    • BorisG

      She really is. She was honored to put younger talents over in her carer.

      WWE: Bellas, Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, Maria…
      TNA: Tessmacher, Taryn, Madison…

      • Jesse Markes

        TRUE.