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Black Widow Customs

Established in 2008, Black Widow Customs is a full service custom car shop owned and operated by Lisa Marie Varon, who might be better known as "Victoria" from World Wrestling Entertainment(WWE).

A professional bodybuilder since 1999, Varon has had a successful wrestling career, which included two runs as WWE Women’s Champion. The opening of her Louisville car shop represents both her next adventure and her preparation for life after wrestling.

Lisa Marie Varon was born in San Bernardino, Calif. Her Puerto Rican father, a proud 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, met her mother while he was stationed in Japan.

Lisa Marie is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Rialto, Calif., where she was nationally recognized as a cheerleader. She went on to study pre-med courses in college.

She soon began entering fitness competitions, and in 1999 won her IFBB Pro Fitness Card. After moving to Los Angeles she pursued a position with WWE while working as a personal trainer and getting small roles in TV shows.

Lisa Marie began with WWE in 2000. After honing her wrestling skills in wrestling schools in California, Memphis, Louisville and Cincinnati, Lisa Marie has had an extended career under her wrestling name "Victoria".

Varon is the former owner of Fat Tony's Pizzeria in Plainview, which she sold before opening Black Widow Customs.

Lisa Marie bid farewell to WWE in 2009. Since that time, Ms. Varon has wrestled for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where she is known as "Tara".

The first vehicle customized by Black Widow Customs, the Black Widow 300, won the nationally advertised Chrysler Spin-It-Your-Way contest.

Program 412
"Louisville Life" features author Alanna Nash, a Louisvillian who got her start at the Courier-Journal; the remarkable Flaget High School Alumni Association; a professional wrestler turned Louisville business owner; and the history of Louisville’s Jewish Community Center. Plus, meet Barbara Day, publisher of Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine. (#412)