Courtesy of South Florida Sun-Sentinel here is an article on Victoria
By Alex Marvez
Varon's one of only four women left on WWE's Raw
Posted January 7 2005
Regardless of which direction World Wrestling Entertainment takes its women's division, Lisa "Victoria" Varon can take solace in knowing she is a legitimate queen of mean.
WWE has shifted the storyline focus for the bulk of its female talent since conducting a $250,000 "diva" search last fall. Christy Hemme won the competition, but WWE has subsequently re-signed several participants to non-wrestling roles, including Maria Kanellis (announcer), Candace Mitchell ("makeup artist") and Amy Weber ("image consultant" for John Bradshaw Layfield).
At the same time, WWE released wrestlers Gail Kim and Jazz from the Raw roster, which is where the promotion holds matches involving its women's championship. Varon admits such changes have sent a mixed message to quality female wrestlers like herself, Trish Stratus, Lita and Molly Holly.
"We are confused," said Varon, who is expected to appear at Monday night's WWE Raw taping at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise. "There are so many girls who do not have wrestling experience.
"I can't hate them. Of course, I'm jealous of Christy Hemme. But I hope that they're itching to wrestle because that's what happened to me. I don't want to see us die out. There's only four [female wrestlers] left on Raw."
Varon made her WWE debut in similar fashion to the new divas as one of the women accompanying Charles "Godfather" Wright when he was playing a pimp-type character in 2000. Varon, though, showed she was more than eye candy by parlaying her extensive athletic background into learning how to wrestle.
"It was really hard just to watch it," said Varon, who is continuing to wrestle despite having a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee. "I want to be in the ring."
Varon became interested in making the transition to pro wrestling after meeting with two other fitness competitors who made the switch: Torrie Wilson and Joanie "Chyna" Laurer. After training in WWE's developmental territories following her stint with The Godfather, Varon returned as Victoria in 2002 and has enjoyed two reigns as WWE women's champion.
Varon credits her improvement to WWE road agent David "Fit" Finley, an ex-wrestler who has worked extensively on helping to raise the quality of the female division.
"He was given the girls as a joke, kind of like,
You're a new agent. Go ahead and take the girls,'" Varon said. "He said,All right, they're going to be serious competitors.' We used to get to the house shows early, get in the ring and get beaten up by Fit. But he was toughening us up. I would like to thank him because he has pushed us to the limit every match. We're still doing what we can to bring the girls up even more."
Varon also had a competitive nature while living in Miami Beach from 1997 to 1999. When not training for fitness competitions, Varon held odd jobs as a trainer at Crunch Fitness and bartender at a popular club (Kaos).
"That lifestyle was too much for me," said Varon, 33, who now lives in Louisville. "It's a beautiful place to live. I almost moved to Fort Lauderdale. Maybe some time in the future I will because I love Florida."