Top 25 Ranking of 2012 – #8: Tara (Lisa Marie Varon), Tag Team Top 10 – #8: Ayako Hamada and Ayumi Kurihara
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Tara aka Lisa Marie Varon, Ayako Hamada and Ayumi Kurihara

Top 25 Ranking of 2012 – #8: Tara
Tag Team Top 10 of 2012 – #8: Ayako Hamada and Ayumi Kurihara

Top 25 Ranking of 2012 – #8:

Ranked #16 in 2011
Ranked #05 in 2010
Ranked #05 in 2009

tna Tara and JessieRelationships change people… Everyone knows that. Some people change a little bit, but some people do a complete 180 degree turn—and their friends barley recognize them anymore. Such was the fate of veteran Knockout Tara, who started out 2012 as a humble, hardworking Babyface, but ended one-half of the vain, love-sick power couple (with Jesse Godderz of Big Brother fame).

Tara’s year started on the opposite side of the spectrum, as on January 26, 2012 edition of Impact Wrestling—in Wembley Arena, Tara defeated Velvet Sky and Mickie James to earn the right to challenge then-Knockouts Champion Gail Kim at TNA Against All Odds 2012. On February 2, 2012 edition of Impact Wrestling, Tara would defeat Gail Kim in a non-title match, but on February 12—at Against All Odds, Tara would fall to the Knockouts Champion at the Pay-Per-View. In the months that followed, Tara competed in numerous TNA live events/house shows against Kim and Winter, and was involved in multi-women matches and number one contender matches on Impact Wrestling. One of those #1 contender matches saw her TnT teammate Brooke Tessmacher become number one contender for the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship.

On the June 21, 2012 edition of iMpact Wrestling, Tara was chosen to compete against TNA hopeful; Gutcheck contestant Taeler Hendrix, and soundly defeated the red-headed OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling) standout. Two weeks later, on the July 5, 2012 edition of Impact Wrestling, TnT defeated Gail Kim and Madison Rayne in tag team action. Tara’s TnT teammate Brooke Tessmacher was now the reigning Knockouts Champion, after defeating Gail Kim at TNA Slammiversary X.

On August 23, 2012, at Open Fight Night, Knockouts Champion Brooke Tessmacher called out Tara, as she wanted to prove herself, by defeating her mentor and friend. After a hard-fought match, a Superplex from the veteran Knockout Tara, pinned the champion, in the non-title contest. The following week, Tara defeated Gail Kim, and was awarded a title match. On September 4, 2012, at TNA No Surrender, Tessmacher surprised The veteran Knockout with a cradle, to retain her championship. The next Thursday on iMpact, Tara called out the champ and appeared to congratulate her, until she snapped and attacked her teammate. On the September 20, 2012 edition of Impact Wrestling, Tara explained that her new Hollywood Boyfriend told her she deserved to be #1, and she was through playing second fiddle. She then challenged ring announcer, and retired Knockout, Christy Hemme to a match, however, a timely run-in by the champ saved Hemme. The next week, Tara would defeat ODB, and get another shot at Tessmacher. On October 4, 2012, on Impact Wrestling, Tara teamed with former rival Gail Kim against ODB and Brooke. Tara proved that it was all about her, as she shoved Gail into ODB and pinned the champ. The next week, Tara attempted to attack Tessmacher, but got TessSchocked for her interference. Three days later, at Bound For Glory 2012, Tara proved her point, with a vicious Widows Peak to pin Tessmacher for the championship. That night, she introduced her “Hollywood boyfriend,” of Big Brother fame: Jesse Godderz!

Tara and Jesse GodderzOn Impact Wrestling following Bound For Glory, Tara suffered an embarrassing loss to ODB, but the next week, retained her title in a Bound for Glory rematch against Brooke Tessmacher, after some help from Jesse. In the weeks that followed, Tara and Jesse continued to feud with ODB… Tara was ringside on the November 1, 2012 edition of Impact Wrestling when Jesse pinned ODB; however, the following week, they both lost to ODB in a Two-On-One Handicap match—on the November 8, 2012 episode of Impact Wrestling. This led up to TNA Turning Point 2012 on November 11, 2012, when ODB and a returning Eric Young defeated Jesse and Tara. The Hollywood couple were able to get some revenge on the November 15, 2012 episode of Impact Wrestling, when Jesse pinned Eric Young.

Tara ended 2012 picking up another victory over Taeler Hendrix—on the November 22, 2012 episode of Impact Wrestling. And on December 9, 2012 at TNA Final Resolution, she successfully defending the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship against Mickie James. Mickie James blamed the loss on Jesse Godderz, and was once again defeated by Tara, this time, on the December 20, 2012 episode of Impact Wrestling.

Tara has proven time and time again that she is one of the most consistent wrestlers and one of the best characters in mainstream Pro-Wrestling. In a 10+ year career, 2012 may have been one of her most memorable yet, with several high-profile feuds and some of the best matches of the year. With Jesse Godderz by her side, and the Knockouts Title around her waist, one can only imagine 2013 will be even bigger.

Tara photos copyright of TNA Wrestling.

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Tag Team Top 10 of 2012 – #8:
Ayako Hamada and Ayumi Kurihara

Ayako Hamada and Ayumi Kurihara ended 2011 as Shimmer Tag Team Champions, after successful title defenses on Shimmer Volumes 42 through 44. In 2012, they racked up more victories…

On Shimmer Women Athletes Volume 45, they defeated the team of Allison Danger and Leva Bates (Regeneration X), and on Shimmer Women Athletes Volume 46, they defeated Hailey Hatred and Kalamity. On Shimmer Women Athletes Volume 47, Ayako Hamada and Ayumi Kurihara successively defended the belts for a 6th time, when they defeated Leon and Ray.

Their title reign came to an end on Shimmer Women Athletes Volume 48, where they were defeated in a Four-way elimination tag team match against Queens of Winning (Courtney Rush and Sara Del Rey), The Canadian NINJAs (Nicole Matthews and Portia Perez), and Regeneration X (Allison Danger and Leva Bates). The Queens of Winning walked away champions, ending Hamada and Kurihara’s reign at 169 days.

Ayako Hamada and Ayumi Kurihara photos by Gilda Pasquil.

(Click Here To Vote In The 2012 Year-End Fan Polls – To Be Published)

  • http://www.facebook.com/DarkKarma Cb Carm

    Jesse Is a fuckin douche moronic punk who is just using his fame from big brother to get publicity tara is a vain moron who needs to get a clue and get rid of that pecpatheticular jesse jackass Velvet Sky and Angelina Love and Gail kim Brooke Tessmacher and Mickie James are Fuckin HOT I MEAN MAD FINE any guy who is with them are lucky guys

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