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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Lisa Marie Varon / Victoria

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Lisa Marie then......

Today we have another WWE related post.
Lisa Marie Varon may be better known to some of you under her ring name, Victoria.
But before she was in the WWE, Lisa did fitness competition and modeling.

Lisa was born in San Bernardino, California, and she attended Eisenhower High School in Rialto, California. In high school, she was active in cheerleading, a sport she competed in since the sixth grade. During her senior year in high school, she was nationally recognized by the National Cheerleading Association, earning an All-American award for cheerleading and being chosen to cheer at half-time of the NFL Pro Bowl alongside seventy other women. Varon also participated in track and field events in the ninth grade. After graduation, she studied biology at the University of California, Los Angeles and medicine at Loma Linda University, with career plans of becoming a physician. She worked as a Human Tissue Coordinator at the Inland Eye and Tissue Bank in Redlands, California, where she was involved in the process of organ donation.

While still working at the eye and tissue bank, Lisa also become a personal trainer and taught aerobics. While training at a gym, she was offered an opportunity to compete in a bodybuilding competition, a contest she won as a middleweight. She competed in fitness competitions such as ESPN2's Fitness America Series in 1997 and 1998, winning the former, and the Miss Galaxy Competition in 1998, where she met and befriended Torrie Wilson. After Wilson moved to Los Angeles, California and signed with professional wrestling promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW), she invited Varon to one of the shows. While backstage, an agent asked her to appear in a segment with Scott Hall. Through Wilson, Varon unsuccessfully attempted to obtain a contract with WCW. She later moved to Los Angeles to find work in televised news fitness segments instead. In 1999, she earned her International Federation of BodyBuilders Professional Fitness Card after placing second at the National Physique Committee Team Universe show in New York. It was during her time working in fitness competitions that Varon also first met Trish Stratus.

After moving to Los Angeles, Varon worked as a trainer at the gym Crunch Fitness, where she met World Wrestling Federation wrestler Chyna, who complimented Varon on her appearance and encouraged her to become a wrestler.

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And Lisa Marie as Victoria......

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