Unlike The Undertaker’s retirement last week from the WWE, there was no poignant goodbye for The Squared Circle, the wrestling-focused sports bar and restaurant on Ashland Avenue near Lincoln Park. Owned by former WWE/TNA wrestler Lisa Marie Varon and her husband, the bar tapped out on Monday, closing out a four-year run. However, Varon and her social media team left the door ajar for a comeback at a new location.
Thanks for four great years! @theSQDcircle Chicago is closed. Watch for the next incarnation of The Squared Circle in the near future! pic.twitter.com/QKVHW1UDVK— Lisa Marie Varon (@REALLiSAMARiE) April 11, 2017
Fans knew Varon during her wrestling days as “Victoria” in the WWE and “Tara” in TNA. She used her pro-wrestling connections to make her bar a popular hangout for wrestling fans. Varon would make appearances and other wrestlers would visit and chat with patrons.
The Squared Circle became a viral sensation across the country back in 2015 thanks to a video showing Varon’s husband, Lee Varon, bodyslam a gunman inside the bar. Varon ran the bar while his wife spent most of her time in California. The video brought complications that led Lisa Marie Varon to say she wanted to to close the bar.
Some fans via Facebook have asked Varon to reopen in the suburbs, but Chicago also lacks an abundance of wrestling/MMA bars. Will The Squared Circle make a comeback? Sound off in the comments.