Victoria’s pizza

WWE Diva Victoria has a pizza parlor (or is it resturant) and I found an article off of one of the wrestling sites to www.courier-journal.com which had an article on it. Check it out:

A killer dish
Whether in the ring or restaurant, wrestling diva turns heads

By Angie Fenton
afenton@courier-journal.com
The Courier-Journal

Whichever persona she assumes, que bella restaurateur or gorgeous grappler, Lisa Marie Varon aims to pack a powerful punch — and bust a gut or two.

In the wrestling ring, Varon’s signature move is a real killer. As Victoria, a World Wrestling Entertainment diva, she delivers a back-busting, body-contorting punishment called the Widow’s Peak that you have to see to believe.

As the owner of Fat Tony’s Pizzeria in Plainview, Varon’s signature dish is a killer too. She serves up piping hot calzones oozing with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and an array of handpicked toppings wrapped in a flaky, chewy crust.

“I want to be looked at as one of the best wrestlers,” said Varon, 34. And she’s well on her way, having captured two championship titles in the WWE since her debut in June 2000.

Varon studied bio-med at the University of California at Los Angeles and Loma Linda University with her sights set on being a doctor. Instead, she found satisfaction working at an organ and tissue donation bank in California.

“That was feel-good work,” she recalled.

Happy with her blossoming career, Varon took up bodybuilding and quickly walked away with ESPN’s Fitness America Series championship title in 1997.

In 2000, she met now-retired pro-wrestler Chyna in Los Angeles. The legendary lady of VH1’s “The Surreal Life” fame told Varon she “had a good look. You should send it in” to the WWE. One thing led to another, and Varon soon made her on-screen debut as mere eye candy to the macho male wrestlers. But that didn’t last.

Instead, Varon proved herself at a wrestling training camp in Memphis, Tenn., before being transferred to Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville. The “black ear” — akin to a black eye — she’d recently recovered from after a blood vessel burst when she was kicked in the head during a match was nothing compared to what she went through as a rookie.
Rough start

Varon smiled but stopped her continuous buzz of movement as she recalled the teasing and the pain of her first day. “I couldn’t move my neck.” But somehow Varon made it back the next day, and she has no intention of leaving any time soon.

“You have to have a passion to do this. It’s not a glamorous life: You sleep in a hotel, go to the gym, eat at Denny’s because that’s the only thing that’s open,” she said.

Yet, Varon loves what wrestling has to offer. “We’re one big support family. … Plus, it’s like fitness combined with having to get your butt kicked every weekend.”

Still, Varon doesn’t make any bones about the fickleness of her sport. One minute you’re at the top of the heap, and the next you’ve become a has-been who promoters eventually bury in the storyline by turning fans against you.

So, Varon opened her Plainview eatery — named after a great uncle — on June 20 because she fell in love with Louisville and “wanted to do something for the future.” She also wants to be known as having the best pizza place in the city. The lofty goal is in reach, said patron Chris Landers, 43.

The Memphis resident travels to Louisville often for business and said he eats at Fat Tony’s “at least four times a week. I just love it. Fast foods are more convenient, and the one thing that I have enjoyed about this (pizzeria) is the flavor, the texture and the great people.”
Just a joke

What is also enjoyable about Fat Tony’s is Varon’s obvious sense of humor. Photographs of the most notorious mobsters hang on the walls, each with a message touting the pizzeria that she forged herself with a black Sharpie. For example, infamous mob boss Carlo Gambino’s photo reads, “Your calzones always make me smile.”

“People get a kick out of them,” Varon said, giggling, which can be a bit disarming considering her alter ego gets more of a kick out of, well, kicking butt than wiggling it like her counterparts. (The “Vicky Shake” being an obvious exception. Varon “incorporated my junk in the trunk” with that move.)

“I’m not just T&A,” Varon said. “When I’m out there, I can really kick some tail.”

But when Varon is seated across the table from you, she oozes all sugar and spice and everything nice. Seriously nice.

“People tell me that all the time,” Varon said, giggling again before dropping her chin a bit as if she were suddenly shy. “But I’m a better bad guy. It must be therapy for me.”

At 5 feet, 8 inches and 150 pounds, Varon said she is “a big girl” in comparison to the other female wrestlers, although in person she appears more sinewy than sturdy, beautiful, not brutish.

“I can usually take the little girls,” Varon said. She gives the fellas a run for their money too. On Dec. 26, she gave the crazily coifed Carlos Colón Jr. (aka Carlito in the ring) everything she had in a Beat the Clock match.

Despite enduring a few below-the-belt tricks by her opponent, Varon wound up losing after 2 minutes, 26 seconds — much to her fans’ delight, as evidenced by their online postings on various sites.

“The fans really get you into it,” Varon said. “I listen to the fans.”

In turn, the fans adore Varon.
Starstruck

Seated at one of the corner tables in her pizzeria, Varon’s lithe body and endearing smile caught the eyes of first-time customer Justin Rice, 29.

The WWE fan stared wide-eyed and open-mouthed as he realized that one of his favorite wrestlers was seated just yards away. He soon learned she also lived in his city.

“This is phenomenal,” Rice said, shaking his head. Varon and the current crop of divas “have taken female wrestling and they’ve raised the bar.”

Varon posed for photos with Rice, who walked half-dazed to the counter to order lunch. “My friend will never believe this,” he said of a fellow WWE fan.

“Wrestling is cutthroat — you live, breathe and sleep it. It’s not a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle,” Varon said.

“But the other side of it is this,” she said, gesturing toward Rice. “It’s nice to give back.”

Its cool to see wrestlers outside of the characters they play on tv and see what they do and how they are.

–Socram

PS Here are some more pics of Victoria:

43 thoughts on “Victoria’s pizza

  1. I’ll take some of HER pizza.

    (meant to be read like innuendo 😛 )

    Seriously, I wonder if she knows a guy named Fat Tony (cause she owns his pizzeria).

  2. I’d take her pizza any day…she’s hot.

    Maybe she pinned Fat Tony for the pizzeria…I mean, if he really is that Fat, maybe all she had to do was push him down…

  3. Oh yeah, I forgot his name…I think he was my favorite character, besides the ninja with the glowing blue eyes and Sub-Zero.

  4. so, how do webpages like this work anyway? they just seem to make themselves and then when someone replies to it it gets added to? I’m confused.

  5. there was a ninja with glowing blue eyes?

    Sub-Zero still is my favorite. his character has evolved so much since the first game. He is now the grand master of his martial arts group.

  6. You mean like this LiveJournal? Lots and lots of code, and databases…but luckily you can usually throw something together yourself from free software people put online. That’s how my website works, it doesn’t take much work at all.

    Pretty much, as you leave a comment, it puts it in the database…and when you load this page, it pulls the comments from the database and puts them here. Everything’s created dynamically.

  7. Wow, nice…the guy I really liked but couldn’t remember his name was Raiden:

    I think that’s from the first game, because after that he’s got a blue or a white cloth instead of a red one.

  8. oh, so its like it will forever be there as long as the website is up and someone could comment on it even ten years after the fact?

  9. Yep! As long as both the web server and the database server are up at the same time, you can access the site and your data (comments, posts, etc).

    From a technical standpoint, the whole setup is genius…the person who decided to connect databases with web sites was really, really smart.

  10. yeah, I agree…what if something, like a virus or something attacks the database? do we loose all of these posts and stuff?

  11. I don’t know about his eyes, but he can control lightening from his hands, he shocks people to death, that’s his finisher. I believe in either Mortal Kombat one of two he chose to loose his powers making him mortal, but he still had the powers, so it didn’t make sense…he wasn’t in MK3 because the gods didn’t let him help out the humans….those bastards.

  12. yeah…I don’t quite understand them sometimes…but shouldn’t he have easily won the whole tournament since he had all those powers?

  13. you’d think so…i mean, how is this a contest at all? some of those guys should easily be able to kick everyone else’s asses.

  14. I think that might be the point, the winner of the first four Mortal Kombat games was always Lui Kang. That is why when MK: Deadly Alliances came out, they killed him even before the tournament came out. In fact, its the whole opening segment right before you hit play. I took a quick moment, I knew someone would have put it on You Tube, because they are crazy, here it is:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=v3SEJOJNDkY&search=Mortal%20Kombat%20Deadly%20Alliances

  15. I don’t know, in one of the endings, he bursts out of Shang Tsung and kills him…I mean his soul bursts out of Shang Tsung…so he’s still dead but kills the bad guy at the end…good game, I really want to play MK: Deception….its two years old but I don’t want to pay 20 bucks for it.

  16. Wow, 20 bucks isn’t so bad…just bought Ultimate Spider-Man and Mario Kart: Double Dash myself and I enjoy both (the first one is for Xbox, PS2, and Game Cube…if you’re interested, pick it up).

    I get worried if a game is less than 20 bucks sometimes…cause it then turns out to be one of those bargain bin games.

  17. no, but there are somethings that are really old Greatest hits and they tend to be like 14.99, or I found them really cheap as a previously played. That’s some cool stuff when you find a good game really cheap.

  18. Hell yeah, as long as the game doesn’t suck. I once spent like 80 bucks (my whole paycheck at the time) on N64 games, and got about 10 of them…thought it was a great deal until I realized how crappy Clayfighter 63 1/3 and Bomberman Hero were.

  19. I played Clayfighter 1 and 2 and I even bought the first one (for SNES) and thinking back…they sucked! and bomberman, that was a cool game, but like Mega Man, the graphics never really changed did they?

    Don’t you hate it when you buy a game and it just sucks?

  20. Super Bomberman 2 kicked so much ass! For Bomberman Hero, they made it a 1 player adventure game and it sucked.

    I hate it when I buy a game and it sucks…cause then I can’t return it, since I broke the plastic wrapping.

    *shakes fist at companies*

  21. fuckers…bomberman as an adventure game? that’s weird. They tried it with Pac Man, but Pac Man rules and it worked.

  22. Yeah…cause he’s Pac Man. Bomberman could only run around and throw bombs at bad guys, which meant you had to keep some distance…which can be pretty hard at times.

  23. Yeah! Kinda.

    Multiplayer Bomberman kicked ass, he could go through warp pipes like Mario, and then put down bombs and run away…was really fun on a board with 4 players.

  24. I played it in middle school on really crappy computers. But it was still fun. It was never the same with only one player.

  25. Was great, and they couldn’t do anything about it until they blew up!

    I didn’t bother to look back, I hope we’re talking about Bomberman.

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