It’s a very McCool Christmas this year, as former WWE star Michelle McCool is talking about yet another colleague today.
After previously talking about Kelly Kelly and Natalya in an interview with her official website, today it’s the turn of TNA Knockouts Champion, Tara, formerly Victoria in WWE.
Michelle spoke of the emotional night when she defeated Victoria — real name Lisa Marie Varon — in her final WWE match in 2009.
She said: “People always ask me what I whispered to her at the end of the match, and I’m always surprised that I didn’t get in trouble if apparently everybody saw me whispering in her ear — which is not a good thing. But, I just remember saying: ‘Sis, I love you so much and I can’t thank you enough’. That was just truly an honor. She’s definitely a legend in the wrestling business — and in her own mind, and she’ll tell you that! Just totally joking, I say that with love.
“We had a production meeting that day and I just remember getting up and saying: ‘In the business, you’re lucky, at best, to have a couple of true, good friends. But, for everybody else to like you… that’s unheard of’. That was the case for Lisa: she was friends with everybody. And I’m not just talking about Superstars and Divas, from crew, ring to catering, she knew everybody by name and she was friends with them. That’s just a testimony to her character.”
The former Diva also reveals that Lisa, who was known for her crazy costumes in the Halloween-themed Divas matches each year, nearly wore an X-rated costume on year.
She said: “My favorite story: You know, we always have one of those silly Halloween costumes, we always know we’re gonna end up in some type of costume for Halloween. It never fails and they never tell us until the week before, so we’re normally out buying costumes on the road. I think it was during the year she was the Sumo Wrestler — everybody remembers that! But, I was at the mall and I saw this costume and it was a… giant… male… genitalia. It was huge. It blew up: from head-to-toe, and all I can think about is Lisa. I remember sending her a text saying: ‘I dare you to wear this!’ She said: ‘OMG, I’ll totally do it!’ So I bought it, brought it to TV and we had a rehearsal that afternoon. No, wait! It was the year she was a banana! So, we go through rehearsal without telling anybody, and right before we come out, she puts on the male genitalia costume and… I literally about wet myself. It was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. The boss’s face, the boys’ faces. Needless to say, we shouldn’t have even had a rehearsal, because it was pointless after she came out in that. And she was also told that she better not come out in that later. So, she ended up coming out in a banana suit — which is just as great. She just lives to make people laugh.”
Listen to Michelle talking about Lisa: