TNA Knockout Tara, real name Lisa Marie Varon, has claimed that she was banned from appearing at this weekend’s Chicago Wizard World convention due to WWE.
In a video blog on her YouTube channel, Varon says that WWE had TNA talent blocked from appearing at the event as a stipulation for their own talent to appear. WWE Champion CM Punk is one of the WWE stars appearing.
Varon, who resides in Chicago, was due to appear but received a last minute call to say that she’d been dropped, she says.
In the blog, the former WWE Diva also talks fitness and her recent involvement in the Geek Fit Challenge.
It seems WWE doesn’t, however, have an issue with ex-talent appearing at the convention to promote their own projects. The former Bella Twins, Nicole and Brianna Garcia, and Maryse were on hand at Wizard World yesterday.
Check it out below:
Thoughts: If true, pretty crappy move by WWE to block others from appearing, effectively making them lose out on income. Given that TNA contracts work differently to WWE, with talent only getting paid when they’re used, outside bookings such as conventions help supplement the talents’ income, whereas WWE has generous base salaries.