Tara on Her TNA Experience: “It Made Me Appreciate WWE A Lot”

Former TNA Knockout Tara has broken her silence about her TNA departure.

Speaking to VOC Wrestling Nation, she discussed the possibility of returning to TNA, the differences between it and the WWE, her future in wrestling and more.

Transcript courtesy of PWInsider:

On her time in TNA and whether she would return: “TNA is out of the question. It wasn’t a good fit for me. I had a great run there, but it was very different from WWE. It made me appreciate WWE a lot.”

Her future in wrestling: “Never say never. I’m 42 and I’m still kicking ass and in better shape than when I was wrestling. It’s in my blood. I’m lucky that I live wrestling at my restaurant. I don’t think I’m done wrestling; I have a lot to give in terms of knowledge and helping other females.”

Working in front of the same crowd each week versus working on the road: “Its apples and oranges. I enjoy going on the road and working different towns. (At TNA) the audience wanted to get more camera time (than the talent). I ended up knowing most of the fans that went there in Orlando. Performing in Madison Square Garden is surreal. I hope some of the TNA talent that has never gotten to do that gets a chance to do it.”

On what’s missing with today’s female talent: “We had Fit Finlay as a trainer and agent. He made us and molded us. He got to know what made us tick, exposed that, and there was nothing we couldn’t do. Today, the girls pick and choose what moves they want to do. If Fit Finlay was around, that wouldn’t happen. We worked stiff. We made contact.

You can listen to the full interview on VOCNation.com.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/julesellington5 Jules Ellington

    Eeek yeah to be honest I only liked Tara in TNA right at the beginning when she feuded with The Beautiful People and then when she feuded with Daffney, I also liked her as Madison’s armor but she didn’t get utilized the best that she could have been, although I can think of a few others that weren’t also *cough cough* Winter and a list more.

    I’d like to see her back with WWE in some capacity however I don’t want to see her so much wrestling, she has a great legacy and at the end of her run with WWE she was being damaged, lets hope she gets to train divas or is a bodyguard for someone with altercations sometimes!

    • charovnica

      I think Victoria being someone’s dog /bodyguard/ would be insulting to her…Right now the division need vets who will work with the less experienced girls and build them up…Victoria is the person to call imo.

      • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

        i think she would be amazing on a commentary team for any company. she seriously, utterly loves the business and she can legit talk and talk and talk about it forever and not get bored :-)

        • charovnica

          That’s a great idea actually!

          • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

            just a shame it’ll never, ever happen.

            must really suck even more than i assumed to be a woman in wrestling. the guys seem to move seamlessly from trainers, to commentators, to other on-screen non-wrestling roles.. to even being backstage/road agents. whereas an ex-diva is just lucky enough to have a family to raise, considering she gave up her best years to wwe. =/

      • http://www.twitter.com/julesellington5 Jules Ellington

        Well I don’t think it is insulting, but yes like I said it would be cool if she could train the divas.

  • Paul

    “Wasn’t a good fit” but yet she spent 4 years there lol! Im really getting tired of the sudden “bashing” of TNA now that people are being let go. If it was so bad there, why did you stay? If it was so bad why didn’t you just go back to WWE. Oh wait, maybe its because they didn’t want after they let you go? Man, some people are so unappreciative of a company that gave them a job after being let go from the Almighty Wonderful WWE.

    • 3xplicit

      um, i guarantee u there are MILLIONS of people who hate their jobs. & are currently still there. me included. and it’s not her decision to “go Back to wwe” and how you figured wwe fired her? what if she asked for her release? ANYWAY! TNA didn’t give tara a job TARA gave TNA a job they needed her, just like they needed gail kim, Mickie and the other former wwe talent to build their division. so lets not!

      • jbrizzy

        You better read down LOL

      • Juan

        TNA did not need Tara!! They had Sarita waiting to get pushed as the top face like she deserved! Not to mention Daffney, Alissa Flash, Kong TBP and Hamada. The KO division would have been fine without her. Tara/Victoria needed TNA to stay relevant.

        • 3xplicit

          Yet, everybody u mentioned are no longer with company ,and or never held the KO title

          • xFoxylicious

            Velvet Sky is still there and she held the title.

          • 3xplicit

            But she was gone at one point, & she wasn’t KO champion in that time frame of the people he mentioned.

          • Juan

            Of the people I mentioned only Sarita, Hamada, Daffney and Alissa never held the title, which is a damn shame considering how talented those 4 women are.

        • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

          i remember reading an interview.. can’t remember who from.. about how sojo was next in line for the kos title but then tara showed up and was given it. it makes you wonder just how different the division could be today if she never signed with tna.

          i mean, we all moan and whine about MALE wwe stars coming in and stealing spotlight, but if it wasn’t for tara, mickie.. even tessmacher.. i wonder if daffney, sarita etc woulda been better used ?

    • DAFereldan91

      I reckon you’ve overlooked the infamous happenings where TNA released Tara twice, with both of them being terribly managed. Yes, WWE did misuse her during the end of her career, but at least they did grant her a professional release and an opportunity for a retirement speech.

      • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

        oh, come on. the first “unpleasant” release: her contract was up for renewal, she wanted more money, so she entered negotiations and she came back a couple months later – similar to velvet sky last year. as for her most recent release she went on record saying that her contract would’ve been up soon and she didn’t want to return anyway. i don’t find any of that unpleasant to be honest.

        i love tara but at the end of the day, she ditched wwe, claiming she was retiring, then showed up in tna a few months later because she wanted the glory that gail got and that the beautiful people and kong were getting.. only to discover that, perhaps, the grass isn’t always greener.

        • BorisG

          This. Everything you said here is right.

    • charovnica

      It’s not sudden…many former KOs have spoken bad about TNA for numerous reasons.

  • James is A

    Didn’t Tara say that she liked TNA more like a year ago ???

    • 3xplicit

      she liked that the girls got time and promo.

    • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

      yeah. and that’s what i don’t like about this. she was totally praising tna to the heavens, even when the knockouts division was on it’s decline.. similar to how she said she was happy in tna then a couple months later when she was released, she said she was planning on not staying anyway..!

      i guess the fact she was under contract w/ ‘em and didn’t wanna diss her employer was a factor, though. *shrug*

  • 3xplicit

    wwe should Hire tara as a trainer for the new divas. let Bill demott do the guys & tara & Del ray train the girls.

  • charovnica

    I hope Tara becomes a WWE trainer and helps the girls get to that next level we’ve all been dreaming as fans.

  • Corby Hess

    The picture of Tara in this article..breathtaking. Also, I think the WWE should give her one last run and then let her retire and become a trainer.

    • BorisG

      She would be awesome trainer.

  • Tom

    Tara would make more money by being a NXT trainer than sticking with TNA.

    • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

      the fact she was happy to walk away from wwe to go to tna in the first place makes me think it really isn’t about the money with her. at this point, she seems happy enough with her restaurant – i doubt she’d wanna relocate permanently just to be a trainer.

  • RatedR

    I wish she would train the girls in wwe. I think it will be better for her and beneficial to her restaurant.

  • Brandon

    I already read this recently and I loved this interview.

  • Troy Smith

    Everyone’s a winner here. TNA is better off without Tara. Outside of her program with Kong a couple of years ago, there wasn’t anything of note that she did. What else did Tara do that TNA couldn’t have gotten an Indy girl to do for less?

    • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

      i love tara but i completely agree. she seemed to actually spend a lot of her time as a sidekick. the only issue we have now is that other than gail there are no brilliant wrestlers able to carry the lesser experienced future knockouts.. as much as we hate the way girls like tara, winter, jillian etc get treated.. every division needs a solid jobber.

      • Troy Smith

        Gail can handle things. TNA doesn’t have the luxury of developing people. That gotta go for people who are already good enough to be on TV. For example when christian york won gutcheck he was on TV immediately because he was really good in the ring. Adam Pearce was another guy who was TV ready but TNA passed on him.

        There are women on the Indy scene that are good enough to be on TV right now.

        • J.D.C.D.

          I think this may be bias of wanting Tara on TV every week but I think it was a mistake for TNA to let her go. Imagine the matches she could have with Lei D’Tapa? They could have done a program together and cement Tapa as a monster heel. Who is going to do that now? Tapa going after Velvet Sky. This may look like Kharma going after Kelly Kelly.

          Another thing that bugged me is Tara was let go without a proper send off.

          I’d like to see Tara on WWE TV but I doubt that will happen. It would be great if she worked with Shine or Shimmer. That or the WWE performance center to teach the incoming ladies.

          • Troy Smith

            Yes it would be cool to see Tara vs Tapa IF Tapa gets over. However what do you do after that. After that match, there’s nothing for her. Tara has done all there is for her to do in TNA. Again I’ll ask, what is there for her to do that an Indy wrestler wouldn’t do for less money?

          • J.D.C.D.

            Kaledrina. I like your idea. That would have been a good run for both Tapa and Tara. Build her up and have entertaining matches on the way. I don’t know though if Tara could put Lei D Tapa in the Widow’s Peak though.

            To Troy Smith. Which Indy wrestler do you have in mind specifically? There are Indy wrestlers that are very green and there are others that are REALLY good. You are right Tara has done everything in the KOs division. My thought process was that Tara would be great as a mentor and as a wrestler to put over the younger talent. Something a long the lines of what Chris Jericho does. If you are going to have squash matches with Tapa then definitely bring in a green Indy Wrestler to have Tapa destroy her. For entertaining matches Tara fits the bill IMO.

          • Troy Smith

            I think you could use some indy jobbers for Tapa. I actually think that would be best for her right now. As for who is good enough to be on TV now, IMO Mia Yim, Athena,Alissa Flash could come back, Hamada, Ivelisse Vales, they could probably get sarita and rosita back as well.

          • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

            if anything, they shoulda let tara work off the remainder of her contract, introduced tapa early and had tapa destroy her as the on-screen reason for her release

        • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

          “There are women on the Indy scene that are good enough to be on TV right now.” and they’re probably a heck of a lot cheaper, too!

  • OH SNAP!…Freeze SUCKA!

    This made me think she resigned or something. Because she didn’t say one bad thing about WWE. When she first joined WWE she at least said the girls wasn’t getting enough time.

  • Anthony Gutierrez

    I really do want her to return to WWE and neutralize AJ. She deserves that much. WWE literally buried her her last 3 years with them and took her from legendary to a joke. Yet she still remained classy once she left. She didn’t badmouth them at all, she simply stated facts. I can see how she feels this way about TNA. I mean look at her reigns (two reigns at less than a month, one reign that lasted a day, and another reign that she lost without even being in a match). That’s insulting for someone of her calibur. And towards the end they started making her job a lot. Im sure in the beginning it was great because it rejuvenated her career, but it just started to taper off. And I can only imagine how much she hated that angle with Jessie, it made her look ridiculous.
    She would be so perfect as a WWE trainer right now. I really want her to secure a spot in the HOF.

  • C.a.v.i.t G.

    yay, I miss Victoria as….

  • Randi Parker

    I want her to return to WWE to have a run with the Divas title so she could have held every major championship in WWE and TNA, I would love to see her go into the Hall of Fame!

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

    I think a “One Last Match” scenario in WWE would be a perfect send off! Or perhaps a Chris Jericho or RVD type of contract? I really don’t see her committing fully to road travel again, but I know she’s all up for some type of return!

  • WweRules32

    victoria to wwe once again PLEASE

  • Mark


  • Aaron Evans

    Victoria Vs. Naomi or Aj would be awesome!

  • Angelica Marie MoNae

    I definitely see her coming back to wwe but as a trainer. When she spoke about her future it sounded more like she wanted to teach instead of be on tv. I would love that for real. With her and sara training in nxt the girls would be absolutely amazing.

  • jeff perez

    I want psyco Victoria back!

  • Mickiejamesfan07

    Pretty convenient now she says she appreciates a lot now that she isn’t with TNA anymore… Not a good fit yet she chose to resign all that time…

  • https://twitter.com/_EricHolt_ Eric Holt

    I think that Tara’s appreciative of the opportunity TNA gave her to be a part of the company. However, she simply realized that TNA was not a good fit for her and not as great as she thought it was going to be in the end. I don’t think she was going to bad mouth TNA while she was working for them, but I don’t really feel she’s saying anything bad about them. She pretty much said that in the end, TNA just wasn’t meant for her. I do see her still involved with wrestling. She’s in probably the best shape of her life, and despite her age, she looks young. I would love to see her as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center, and/or I’d love to see her have one more run with WWE before she retires from wrestling.

  • xFoxylicious

    Victoria, come back!

  • DivasChampAJ

    We want Victoria!

  • nismos69

    Maybe she apreciated wwe more because of the trainers, the pay, the bigger roster and more shows which would mean more time.