Tara Clears Her Name, Talks Other Women in Wrestling, Her Future and More

TNA Knockout Tara, real name Lisa Marie Varon, has spoken about a number of topics including recent rumors surrounding her in an interview with F4WOnline.

After former WWE Superstar Ken Doane seemingly implicated her as having an extramarital affair with WWE’s John Cena, the former WWE Diva — who competed as Victoria from 2002 to 2009 — has spoken out to clear her name.

Lisa says:

KD said a Diva married to someone not in the business who moved from RAW to Smackdown in 2007 was sleeping with John Cena. Considering I had nothing to do with why he was whining on the internet, he sure gave enough details about someone he claims he wasn’t trying to involve. I was the only Diva married to someone not in the business who moved from RAW to Smackdown in 2007.

I want to address this both professionally and personally. Professionally, you hear people talk about ‘backstage politics’ in wrestling. I’ll tell you what that means to me. Backstage politics is not some kind of psychological maneuvering. You work and travel with your wrestling co-workers more than you want to work and travel with anyone. The people who complain about backstage politics generally don’t have the ability to respectfully interact with others.

I treat everyone with respect. Everyone. Ask the caterers, building security, wrestlers, executives, crew, fans, anyone, who I don’t treat with respect and they would be at a loss for words. And because you spend so much time with these people, you know a lot about the people who you travel with and work closely with. I found that the best way to not make waves is to keep my eyes and ears open, and my mouth shut when it comes to other people’s business.

The people who complain that they were the victim of backstage politics often either don’t show people respect, or bud into other people’s business.

On a personal level, what KD said was mostly false, although there was a little truth.

I have been with my husband for 20 years. He’s the best guy in the world. But like any 20 year relationship, we have some good times and we have had some bad times. And anyone who I traveled with knows that. Because you learn intimate details about each other whether you want to or not.

We have separated a few times. One of those times that we were separated, I dated John for about a month. It was not in 2006 or 2007. It was in 2002. It was when we were both in Louisville. I was married but separated. John was single. I was never his ‘road girlfriend’. I know that when we were separated, my husband also dated a couple girls. That’s what happens when you are separated.

In 2002, it was common knowledge that John and I dated. It fed the rumor mills for people who have nothing better to do than gossip like old ladies. So for KD to use bits of information that he was only able to pick up because he was allowed in the inner circle of WWE, and smear me, when I only treated KD with respect, over an incident that he is upset about from 5 years ago, tells me that he didn’t learn anything about ‘backstage politics’ and how it relates to being a decent human being.

Moving forward, I’m a glass-is-half-full kind of girl. Only my glass isn’t half full. My glass is 99% full. I am blessed. And I’m done discussing the 1%.

Regarding wrestling, Lisa has lots of kind words for other women in the business. She says:

I’ve worked with A LOT of girls. So I want to apologize to anyone I leave out. I learned a lot from Molly Holly and Ivory. I had great matches with Trish and Lita. Nattie Neidhart reminds me of myself in her attention to detail of the craft. I wish I would have had more of a chance to work with Beth Pheonix. To this day I feel bad about breaking her jaw. Jazz was super intense in the ring. I was afraid she would freak out and kill me, even when she was on my team. I saw Eve and Michelle McCool as bikini models coming in, but they both have incredible work ethic and both became great wrestlers. I had so much fun working with Torrie and Candice. Gail Kim is a great athlete. Mickie is very ambitious. ODB and Kong were the two that I most looked forward to facing in TNA. Christy Hemme has great stage presence. Brooke Tessmacher is the future of women’s wrestling. Angelina Love is a good mean blond. But I don’t know if she knows that she is a great all around wrestler and I think she has the ability to be amazing as more than just a mean blond. Rosita has a great future.

Sarita is a warrior. If I started my own promotion, I’d build it around Sarita. If I needed someone to get my back in a street fight. I’d get Sarita. If I were the CEO of a company, Sarita would be on my board of directors. She knows how to succeed, and she has unparalleled work ethic. She is the most under utilized talent in wrestling. Pound for pound the most hardcore female I have ever met. And a super nice person.

Lisa also addresses her future in wrestling, adding:

I don’t know how much longer I want to continue. And I don’t have a time frame. As long as I can keep fit, love what I do, and am proud of my work, I will continue. My knee and elbow are both very minor, and are manageable. I know that at my age, I am one injury away from retirement.

There’s plenty more discussed in the interview, which is a great read and should provide plenty of water cooler discussion. Check it out here.

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  • Peter

    Classy as ever! An inspiration!

  • beau

    Wow. She is such a class act. I admire and respect her so much. After reading the Sunny and Reby comments today, it is absolutely refreshing to read this. What a remarkable woman Thanks you, LMV, for making the business look great. You have always elevated the sport.

  • StraightEdgeGirl84

    I think it’s disgusting that jerk tried to drag her through the mud. Her personal life shouldn’t be anyone’s business. I just don’t like people who take the opportunity to kick someone while they are down. Whatever happened was 5 freaking years ago why bring it up now? Cena is getting divorced and I find the actions of his soon to be ex not to mention Doane disgusting.

    • Marshy

      KD seriously needs to move on with his life and not dwell on the past, what happen in 2007 needs to be for what it is in 2007 and not 2012. Relationships doesn’t always work out and to be like peaches and cream all the time.Someone needs to give him a time machine pointing towards 2012 and not 2007. Who knows that John Cena and his ex could have had a falling out, and with that being said that in this business of professional wrestling,celebrities, polticians,rockstars,and professional athletes relationships will always go astray.The fact is that KD can’t find another wrestling organization to wrestle in that lately he is way to obsess with John Cena and with twitter.

    • perceval

      He’s not even a has been, but a never was. He’s latching on to his one claim to fame, his biggest accomplishment in the business: He was once involved with Mickie James.

      Also gotta be amused when someone claims they’re over an ex, and, years later, keep going on and on and on about them. Yeah, that’s showing you’re over them…

      • Marshy

        Besides there are other fishes in the sea and KD needs to take a rod and reel with plenty of worms,cause if you fish for the same fish,then you will never see whom else is out there and you will never get over the fish that got away.Mickie James has move on with her life and so should KD.

  • lucky1now

    i have always loved this woman inside and out the ring and this just shows what kind of person she is

  • WWFoverWWE

    I didn’t know she dated Cena for a while. Granted it was a long time ago, but still interesting.

  • sugarrush28

    I totally agree with her about Sarita

  • AfroJack

    wow Kenny Dykstra is such an afterthought, get over yourself.

    He stated that Cena cheated with multiple Divas, that’s just something you don’t do. Everyone has secrets, everyone leads a life that they don’t want certain people to know. Ken shouldn’t go around telling peoples’ secrets and spreading rumours. Those comments he made about Mickie James were unnecessary and just ignorant.

    Glad Lisa Marie cleared her name before other dirtsheets told their own story and added details to it.

    Although I love controversy and Twitter cattiness, I prefer a good old fashioned rant rather than someone telling lies.

  • TheFallenAngela

    It’s always so sweet to see someone who left wwe say only positive things about the divas unlike one KO who said thaty hated that the girls get tittles handed to them and got the same treatment when she went to tna….she still feel bad about breaking beth’s jaw how nice

    • lucky1now

      Who was this?

      • WWFoverWWE

        She’s talking about Gail kim.

    • perceval

      ” the girls get tittles handed to them ”

      Freudian slip regarding the implants? :)

  • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

    Classy & respectful in everything she does is tara…who cares if cena cheated its not his business maybe mickie did cheat on him but have some class & leave the past where its at….

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/999xander999?feature=mhee Sherri Martel Fan

    I love her! She is my 4th favourite of all time! Behind Sensational Sherri, Fabulous Moolah & Bull Nakano.

  • Jhonmarco

    Lisa Marie Varon = Class Act

  • CJDippa1

    Victoria/John sounds pretty hot tbh.

  • Katie

    Wasn’t he talking about Mickie though?

    • perceval

      He drug Tara into it. He didn’t say her name, claiming he didn’t want to drag anyone not involved with his issues into it… then made it VERY obvious who he was talking about.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/dsanchez96?feature=mhum sanchezdiego96

    This girl is classy as can be!

  • Johnyfaction3

    Honestly when I first heard about what KD said I thought it was Candice Michelle, and not Victoria. She is married to a non wrestler and is known to be really good friends with John Cena. He helped her train and in many occasions said Candice was his favorite diva.

    • redsandman99

      Kenny then said though the diva was transferred to Smackdown after Cena stopped seeing her or whatever and that put Victoria in as the canidate since Candice never went back to Smackdown after initially leaving it with Torrie in 2005 (minus an appearance here or there for like a multi diva tag or lumberjill match or whatever).

      • Mr. Asstastic

        Candice was actually drafted back to SmackDown just before her release, she just never re-appeared on the brand. I don’t think it was that year, though.

        • redsandman99

          No it wasn’t. I just looked it back up she was drafted back to Smackdown in the 2009 draft but then released before hand. Candice don’t fit the timeline that Ken is trying to set up. She was firmly hitting her stride on Raw and becoming champion during the timeline KD is saying the affair happened.

    • redsandman99

      Though if asked I’m sure Ken would say Cena messed around with Candice too.

  • http://twitter.com/DirrtySexyFunny Thaila

    Several points I would like to express:
    – Lisa is such a beautiful, classy person. She is one of my favourite people in the wrestling world.
    – Why is Kenny even airing other people’s dirty laundry? I thought that shtick was reserved for 15 year old bitchy teenage girls.
    – John Cena cheated on his wife with me (in my dreams)

    • perceval

      Because, deep down inside, Kenny’s a 15 year old bitchy teenage girl.

  • cutymania

    Brooke is the future of womens wrestling?? mmkay..

    lol I like Brooke just as much as the next and if she continues to improve she could be great, but thats a very bold statement. Her recent match with Mickie was really good though.

    • perceval

      Keep in mind Brooke is her tag partner, & they’re close friends in real life. Tara does Youtube videos every now and then, and the ones she’s done with Brooke are fun, and really show their chemistry.

  • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

    I don’t really care if Tara and John Cena had a 32 person gangbang in the locker room. As long as they amuse me on TV, their personal life is NONE of my business…the end.

    • xJonFer12494x

      lol.. agreed, altho this stuff is intresting, it shouldt affect how a person views one on the tv, if they are great entertainers then it DOESNT matter to us. Everyone has their own lives to worry about.

    • TheJoJoIsCrazy

      Thank you!!
      I don’t normaly comment unless passionate about what I feel obligated to say. Fisrt, Lisa is so classy, intelligent and compassionate.
      As for Mr. Doane, there is something to be learned. What NOT to do. No matter how cruel, ignorant or hurtful the person; if the situation doesn’t involve you NEVER include yourself. Let that person grow maturity and come clean or let life pick the weeds on their behalf.
      Suggestion: As for the possiblity of a 32 manned lockeroom gangbang can you not include Sunny and either way provide enough condoms? Lmao
      Okay, done with the smutty humour. Lol.

  • YouCanLookButYouCan’tTouch

    See,this is why I have so much love and respect for Tara : )She was serious and stern about everything about Kenny Dykstra talking trash about her,but she handled it with class and maturity.

    I find it very funny how once the news broke that Cena and his wife were divorcing,Kenny Dykstra decided to open his mouth and spread rumors about Cena.Kenny Dykstra doing something like this,especially right when the new broke that Cena was getting a divorce makes me believe that Kenny Dykstra is lying about all this.And for him to disrespect a woman like Tara that he once worked with?Shame on him!But as of now,no one still knows if these rumors about John are true or not.If they are,then so what?I still have respect for the guy.Everyone’s human and makes mistakes.If they’re not true,then Kenny Dykstra needs to get a life instead of being jealous of other people’s.We’ve only heard one person say that these rumors are true,and that person is the same person that started these rumors.

  • Raekon

    I always loved and always will love Victoria/Tara! :)

    She is one of my favorites persons of all time cause through all the years I’ve seen her in wrestling, she was always entertaining, a great wrestler and a wonderful person in real life!

    She doesn’t “talk around”, she says it how it is and speaks her mind straight out and to the point, clearing everything the way it should be.

    Still though in a respectful, mature and classy way as always! :)

    KD should be taking notes, he might learn from her A LOT.

    Most of all how to act as a grown up instead of acting like a 12 years old that is trying to make himself relevant through lies on the cost of other persons lifes.

    What happened was 10 years ago (in 2002 like Tara said) and even then, it wasn’t his business.

    Loved all of Taras comments about the other Divas/Knockouts! :)

  • Bethinho

    nice to read so much praise to Sarita,she truly deserves it.
    and good to see a positive mention to what happened between Tara and Beth,no doubt i would like to see the two meeting again in the future.

  • jacknife2058

    It’s like a complete reaffirmation of why I love Lisa Marie Varon.

  • theprincedann

    Because Tara has a lot of creative control over her character, she could ask management for a feud with Sarita.. unsure whether it would be that easy, but they would be stupid not to. DONT WASTE TARA, SHE IS THE CLOSEST TO RETIREMENT, AND ONE OF THE BEST WRESTLERS IN TNA, MEN INCLUDED.

  • melina prez

    She is so classy! i wish i could be as classy as her. Shes a true role model!
    I loved what she said about Sarita! She knows what the people want! And shes so nice too “To this day i feel bad about breaking her jaw” omg just so nice. And i love it how she never says anything bad about someone just the nice things!

  • johnny

    They’re personal life is none of my buisness and I’ll continue to ignore long as it’s not the following murder,stealing or just something really stupid in a public area like at a hotel lobby or in a plane or on camera for the world to see then I’ll be like hey thats cameras are for you dummy.