The diva duo of Trish Stratus and Lita Dumas are some of the first names to escape the mouth of a wrestling fan when asked to name the greatest female wrestler. One wrestler who is often on the fringe of these discussions, and needs to be moved to the forefront is Lisa Marie Varon (also known as Victoria and Tara in WWE and TNA respective).
When looking at Varon talents as a professional wrestler there are some things that immediately put her above the pack; her ring presence and physical charisma chief among them. Varon exudes strength and confidence whenever she steps inside the ring. During her matches, there is never a doubt in your mind that she doesn't belong in the ring. You can do a thousand moves a minute, but if you are incapable of drawing someone into your performance then its all for naught.
That is not to say that Varon isn't a technically proficient wrestler or that she works a plodding pace. Varon can keep up with the best that the big two have to offer and is nearly always the best wrestler standing in the ring. It's just that her performances go simply beyond a series of hold and kicks. She has master the craft of in ring story telling. It's this ability that made her the best opponent and rival for so many female wrestlers throughout the years. It also would cost her during the later years of her WWE, when she was made to job to every model turned "wrestler" that WWE could come up with.
If you take a look at the past decade and a half of great matches and moment in women's wrestling for the big two, a large chunk of them will involve Varon. The glamour and popularity of her contemporaries often outshone (in the minds of the fans) the woman who had helped get them there. Trish Stratus needed Varon, just like Superman needs Lex Luthor. The differences in the way they got their send offs from WWE demonstrate the shameful differences in appreciation for both women. Luckily for the fans, TNA and great (at the time) Knockout's Division was waiting for Varon to continue to provide great performances.
Lisa Marie Varon is one of the most exceptional female wrestlers to step into the ring and created so many great moments. In a world with too many incapable models, Varon provided both beauty and great wrestling while being one of wrestling's most class acts.
The matches of Lisa Marie Varon: