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PostSubject: Victoria Announces Her Retirement   Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:02 am

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WWE DIVA RETIRES LAST NIGHT
by Mike Johnson @ 2009-01-14 02:06:00


Former WWE Women's champ Victoria (Lisa Marie Varon) announced at tonight's Smackdown taping that she had finished with the company following a loss to Michelle McCool in a bout that will air this Friday and would be retiring. PWInsider.com first reported in December that word was going around that she had given notice at the Survivor Series PPV that she would be departing.

Victoria has been with the company since 2002 after going through WWE then-developmental companies Memphis and Ohio Valley Wrestling. After making a cameo appearance as a Godfather Ho that later was involved in a vignette with Eddie Guerrero during his run as Chyna's love interest, Victoria was introduced as a full fledged character to feud with then top Diva Trish Stratus.

The back story at the time was that Victoria she felt Stratus had betrayed her back when both were fitness models and she had come for revenge. Both were fitness models and probably did cross paths during competitions prior to become wrestlers. Victoria broke into the business, originally training at Rick Bassman's UPW school in California.

Victoria has had a long run with the company where she was linked on-air with different partners, including Molly Holly, Stevie Richards, Kenny Dykstra and most recently Natalya Neidhart. She and Neidhart had been feuding with the Bella Twins on Smackdown in a storyline designed to introduce the Twins to viewers. Despite being a ring general, Victoria's role in recent years has more or less been to be the older veteran who worked with younger, greener babyface talent that were getting pushed.

Victoria was the last of the Divas who rebuilt the WWE Women's division in the early part of the decade into something was more than a T&A diversion as Ivory, Stratus, Molly Holly, Jazz and Lita have pretty much retired from the business in recent years, being replaced by a generation of talent mostly cultivated by the company's Diva Search era (although there are exceptions to that rule, such as Mickie James and Neidhart).

Victoria had two runs with the WWE Women's championship, defeating Stratus in a Hardcore Match in New York City at the 2002 Survivor Series before dropping the belt back to Stratus at Wrestlemania XIX in Seattle in March 2003. Victoria regained the belt in February 2004, winning a Four Way match against Lita, Holly and Jazz. She held the title for four months before dropping it during another Four Way at the 20054 Bad Blood PPV, with Stratus again regaining it.

Victoria has been very involved in opening outside projects in the Louisville area where she lives, including most recently a custom body shop for cars and previously a pizzeria named after her Uncle.

Credit: PWInsider

Now granted I have no idea with what's really happened to the Women's Division this past year (apart from that stupid 'Divas Championship'), but I still wouldn't have expected this. Actually, on 2nd thought, maybe it's not so much of a surprise. I mean she had (at the last time I saw her wrestle anyway, which would have been in some shows from late 2007) toned down her wrestling a lot, & I think she had some major knee problems, so I guess it's not really that much of a surprise.

That bit of the article that says how she is the last of the "Divas" who helped to revolutionize the Women's Division, in the early part of the decade, from just eye-candy to an actual well-worthy division, just like any of the other there is for any of the other championships, does make you think about what it has become. We've pretty much gone full circle with all of these "Divas" that have come from the Diva Searches, & elsewhere. Here's to hoping one day it can become as good as it once was
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PostSubject: Re: Victoria Announces Her Retirement   Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:43 pm

By now, people are saying "there goes the last of the people that can actually wrestle." I kinda figured she'd retire too seeing as how she has had knee problems, lost in various matches, and just like any other forum person MIGHT say "She wasn't used right." Let's face it, the divas division does stink. Victoria, true she did come to the WWE as a diva, but overtime she was the definition of what WWE is all about: A little less talk and a lot more action. I just hope that the divas division, though it won't be the same without Trish or Victoria, can regain its glory in 2009.
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PostSubject: Re: Victoria Announces Her Retirement   Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:21 pm

Im not surprised shes leaving, having to job near enough every week.
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PostSubject: Re: Victoria Announces Her Retirement   Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:04 pm

She was a great wrestler. Waaayyy underused
and damn I'm gonna miss that ass!!
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PostSubject: Re: Victoria Announces Her Retirement   Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:37 pm

it's a shame the three women that helped build wwe's current women's division are all gone. Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Victoria Announces Her Retirement   Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:35 am

Revuocnav wrote:
it's a shame the three women that helped build wwe's current women's division are all gone. Sad

YES!

now we have to put up with the likes of McCool, Maryse, and the bella bitches!

*sheds a million undried tears*
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