ODB: ODB's Meat and Greet.... how This pro wrestler from Maple Grove became a BBQ food truck star

Posted on 4/24/118 by Mike Informer

Jessie Kresa is a gracious cook with a penchant for chatter.
ODB is a pugnacious vamp with a stiff Boston crab.

Kresa grew up as a self-professed good girl from a Maple
Grove hockey family, but it wasnt until she adopted the
wrestling persona of ODB that she became her truest self, a
self she describes as the female Stone Cold Steve Austin.
For those unfamiliar with WWE, picture the wily bartender at
a roadside divethe type that can flirt dirtier than the
boys and would just as soon drag you out by your collar if
you tried to play Journey on the jukebox.

Unsurprisingly, ODB knows good eatin, and when Kresa hung
up her boots in 2014, the five-time Total Nonstop Action
Wrestling champion decided to take her personas fun-loving
bawdiness to the kitchen.

Late in her career, she developed a line of whiskey-based
barbecue sauces as a way to keep the ODB brand alive post-
TNA. It was a success, and in 2016, she opened a food truck
called ODBs Meat and Greet in Daytona Beach, Florida. And
on April 24, shes ending a three-year promotional tour to
bring her truck to her hometown of Maple Grove at Omni
Brewing. Other local events will follow.

I thought it was time to go home, Kresa says. That was
the main goal, to bring my business home once Id
established it. Its time to do that.

Kresa cooks the way she wrestlesno fancy moves, just bare-
knuckle execution. Naturally, ODB isnt slingin kale and
orzo out of her mobile kitchen. ODBs Meat and Greet serves
down-home barbecue, the kind that any mark can enjoy. Kresa
slow cooks her own pork butt for 10 hours in her personal
big ass smoker. Her top seller is a pulled-pork bowl
called Cup of Meat. It comes in three sizes: B, C, and DD.

I always wanted to see how far I could cross the line,
Kresa says, the sneer of ODB breaking through.

Kresa developed the character of ODB when she was training
with Eddie Sharkey in St. Louis Park. Shed come up short in
the tryouts for the first season of Tough Enougha reality
show where amateurs competed for a job in WWEand so she
looked up the storied trainer to try to build an on-screen
character producers couldnt deny. She was the only woman
working in the gym at the time, and her experience locking
up with male wrestlers like Shawn Daivari, Ken Anderson, and
Austin Aries helped bring out something her brother had seen
in her at a young age. She branded herself ODB (short for
One Dirty Bitch), transforming her siblings adolescent jab
into a redneck badge of honor.

ODB is a person you can relate to, Kresa says. I can sit
and have a drink with you and talk real. Its crazy, but
its also laid-back. Its like, Holy shit, she really just
did that?

Kresa got her start in 2003 in TNA, an Orlando-based
promotion thats still WWEs biggest competitor today. She
bounced from there to WWE developmental territory Ohio
Valley Wrestling, where she was the first-ever Womens
Champion, but she soon found herself back in Orlando. In
2009, she won her first TNA Womens Knockout Championship,
getting over as a fan favorite. Over the next five years
with TNA, shed win that belt three more times, and shed
also reign as TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion for a still-
record 478 days.

But her relationship with TNA was always tumultuous. Not
only was the company in near-constant financial trouble, but
it lacked consistent leadership and creative direction.
Kresa left TNA several times during her tenure, working
shows at independent promotions between her stints, but
there was no solid future in continuing. Plus, shed seen
how wrestling can ruin your body over time, so when an
opportunity to translate ODB to the culinary world presented
itself, Kresa cinched in like a full nelson.

Ill go to these wrestling conventions, and I see these
wrestlers that are legends, and Ill be like, Oh crap, they
didnt do anything with themselves. I didnt want to end up
like that, Kresa says. I never wanted people to be like,
Oh, thats ODB? Yikes.

Kresas break came after she made an appearance on Joey
Fatones cooking show, My Family Recipe Rocks. On the
episode, she invited the former N*SYNC baritone to the
mobile home park in Clear Lake where shed been living in
her Airstream, showing Fatone how to rustle up bean dip,
walking tacos, and bloody Marys using only campground
wherewithal. It was a magnanimous performance, and soon
after, a manufacturer reached out to her about putting her
name on a line of sauces. She insisted they be made with a
whiskey base.

Id never really thought about it, but I knew my wrestling
was about to come to an end, Kresa says. But Id always
been into cooking since I was little, cooking and camping
and entertaining people.

Kresa got in her Airstream and began circling the country
promoting her sauces at conventions, leveraging connections
in the wrestling business to book events. In 2016, Jimmy
Hart, the famous loudmouth wrestling personality who once
managed Hulk Hogan, reached out. He wanted her to come to
Daytona Beach and help manage his new wrestling-themed tiki

After running the kitchen at Harts restaurant for a year,
Kresa began exploring options for a food truck. That way,
she could revive the road-dog lifestyle shed perpetuated as
ODB all while providing a roving showcase for her sauces.

ODBs Meat and Greet launched at Bike Week in 2017, and the
truck has been a main-event-level draw at every event its
rolled into since. Thats because its as much about
wrestling as it is food service. The name Meat and Greet
plays on those one-on-one convention appearances where fans
can pay $15 for a handshake with a legend and a signed
headshot. But thats not ODBs style. On April 24 at Omni,
not only will she be serving up the sliders and nachos that
remind you of home, but while the fryer is doing its magic,
shell be leaning in the window, dishing on her time as a
champion in the wrestling business.

Its funny to see the fans come up to the food truck, and
they say, Oh damn, I didnt know you were really gonna be
here, you really do it! Kresa says. Its just me on the
truck. Im no barbecue pitmaster, but I have stories, and I
know how to cook.

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