Lisa Marie Varon, better known by her WWE ring name Victoria, has opened up about why she felt it was time to retire from in-ring competition last year.
Varon performed for the WWE from 2000 to 2009, upon leaving the organization she would continue to wrestle on the independent circuit until 2019.
The 49-year-old wrestled her final match at the MORE Wrestling Masters Of Ring 1 event on September 21, 2019, defeating fellow WWE legend Melina to capture the organization’s women’s championship. Following the big win, Varon took to the mic to announce her retirement from in-ring competition.
During a recent interview with Dominic DeAngelo of WrestleZone, Varon opened up about why she decided it was time to retire when she did.
“I didn’t plan on my last match to be that night, I’ll be honest with you. The promoter said, ‘Why didn’t you tell me it was your last match? I would have promoted it like that.’ I said, ‘You know, I decided it 30 minutes before going out.’ For how nervous I get before matches, almost turning 50 and being in a main event of a wrestling show,” Varon said, “not just a female wrestling show—it’s with males. I said, ‘We have to turn it up. I mean we have to do some dangerous stuff. We can’t just do a “ha-ha ga-ga match,’” you know?
“I was so nervous, I was about to puke, this is me every time though—I pace, I sweat, sweaty hands, nervous belly. I was just like, ‘Oh my God.’ I’m exhausted before going out to the match. I [thought], I’m main eventing. I’m getting the championship belt and it’s from a female promoter,” Varon said, “and I can’t go higher than this.
I asked the referee out there,‘Can I have the mic?’ Get the mic and said ‘Thank you guys for all coming to my last match’ and it was like (gasp)—yeah and I decided there. And I felt good about it, I wasn’t sad or anything like that. You know your body. The nervousness comes from I’m older and I don’t want people to see any weakness in my performance. I still want to work just as good as I was back in the day. I wanted to go out with people saying ‘You still got it.’”
Varon is without a doubt a trailblazer for women in the professional wrestling industry. A twenty year in-ring career which included ten years at the WWE in which she captured the Women’s Championship on two occasions. The veteran notably competed in three Wrestlemania matches with the organization and was involved in rivalries with the likes of Trish Stratus, Molly Holly, Michelle McCool and Torrie Wilson.
Following her run with the WWE, Varon signed with Impact Wrestling and held the Knockouts Championship five times, as well as capturing the Knockouts Tag Team Championship on one occasion with Brooke Tessmacher. After leaving Impact, she would make appearances with various promotions including FWE, MCW, Chikara, ROH and House of Hardcore.