When wrestler One Dirty Bitch finally opens her own bar, she may not need to hire a bouncer.
After 15 “BAM” years on the canvas, she can take care of most problems that might arise at a bar.
One Dirty Bitch is as great a name for a bar as it is a stage name for the baby Carol and Dave Kresa named Jessie.
They introduced Jessie to wrestling when she was young, because since the age of 5 she knew she wanted to be a wrestler. Her brother Travis told her she was going to need a good name. She recalls Travis saying something along the lines of You need a strong name, not Jessie. You need something they chant in the arenas. “And then he was like, ‘Dirty Bitch. One Dirty Bitch!’ ” she said with her whiskey voice. “ODB. Kind of good.”
And it’s just at catchy on bottles of whiskey infused barbecue and hot sauce a friend helped ODB create. “I added the whiskey,” she said. She and I commiserated about being referred to as “Sir” over the phone. Eventually people believe I am a woman. But ODB said there are times she cannot convince the person — say, a credit card company employee — that this resonant voice is coming from a woman. In person, that’s less of an issue for the woman with 157K Twitter followers. I also don’t think I’ve seen that many tattoos on someone with breast implants that size.
A Ring of Honor talent, she is on Destination America Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and on the CW23 Saturdays at 10 p.m. ODB will be the only woman in a mixed tag-team match at Hopkins’ Eisenhower Community Center Saturday at 7 p.m. She’ll partner with Jay Briscoe as they take on Jay Lethal and Truth Martini.
I drove almost to St. Cloud to interview ODB at her beloved Airstream trailer. She thinks it would be a perfect backdrop for a reality show on which she auditions men brave enough to look in her direction for love. Bachelors must love the Airstream life. Hers has already been the setting for the kind of love for which she’s looking; it was the site of the 40th wedding anniversary party she threw her parents in 2014.
My apologies for the quality of this startribune.com/video of ODB. I’m blaming the decline in my video skills on Apple’s new iMovie, which was obviously designed and approved by monkeys. This version of iMovie is ridiculously precious with some commands that require strokes made by two fingers while others require just one finger. I’ve got a finger I want to give the genius who decided that downloaded clips need not be numbered. That’s a necessary update that will be at the top of my complaint letter to my Alabama homeboy Tim Cook.
I cannot thank Cook in any way, but my Strib colleague photographer Jim Gehrz deserves thanks for helping squeeze the ODB video Friday. (A few weeks ago Gehrz was highly complimentary about my Ben Utecht video. There’ll be no such compliments in the foreseeable future.) My screenwriter, film-producing pal Evan Kail, of Stone Arch Entertainment, spent two hours with me and iMovie Wednesday — after which I told Evan to stop asking, “How hard could it be?” My heartfelt thanks to Twitter’s @TheProductPoet, who spent an embarrassing amount of time Thursday with me and this blasted iMovie program. I left TPP’s office with, praise the Lord, a video and a promise to introduce ODB and some of her barbecue sauce to meat smoked by The Product Poet, who’s a foodie. There’s extra ODB and yours truly beyond the video credit.
Q: As a young girl you thought, “Hey, I’m gonna be a wrestler!”
A: I’ve always been a fan. Growing up, my parents would take me and my brother to shows at armories. Minnesota had the AWA back in the day. Minnesota was one of your main territories. I got to see the Highflyer, Jumpin’ Jim Brunzell, Vern Gagne, the Road Warriors. Then the gym back in Plymouth off Hwy. 55; we’d go hang out there. I’d wear my Zubaz and Venice Beach muscle shirt. Wait for the wrestlers to come by and take pictures with them. Some of them were cool; some of them were kind of [richards]. When I got to meet them [later] I told them. They were like Sorry, I’ll buy you a beer now. [Laughter]
Q: How girly-girl were you in your pre-wrestling days? Do you Barbie it up for the wrestling mode?
A: Oh boy. I don’t know if I ever Barbied it up for the wrestling mode. [Laughter] I played softball. I was actually in dance, too. Tap, jazz, ballet.
Q: Where are those photographs?
A: Oh, gosh. They’re out there, I’m sure. Actually, they’re in my closet. I used to be a little ballerina. I didn’t like it. I was always just a clown. I was more of a tomboy I guess. I didn’t really like wearing makeup or dresses. I was very alternative when I went to college. But as I’m getting older, I’m becoming more girly-girl off screen, I think. People don’t realize I do have feelings and I’m more sensitive, I think. [Laughs]
Q: Which one did you like: ballet, tap, jazz?
A: I sucked at ballet, I was always in the back row. I was always front and center for jazz. Tap, I just went like this [flapping her hands around] with my feet. Jazz I liked. That was my favorite.
Q: Would you like to wrestle the other “Jesse” who’s a famous Minnesota wrestler?
A: Jesse “The Body” Ventura? I’ve never met him. I wouldn’t mind. I think he’s hanging out in Mexico now?
Q: Sadly, I have met him.
A: He’s a big personality. [Laughter]
Q: Would you want your daughter to do this?
A: No. If I ever have kids. I’ve got to find a man first, to keep. No. Especially a daughter. I don’t want her experiencing … It’s not a bad business but I’ve seen some of the boys and it’s rough being a chick in the business. You’ve got to earn respect. I became one of the boys. The boys are more afraid of me than I am of them. [Laughter] I think a lot of the boys are afraid to date me, if I ever wanted to date one of them.*****
Q: They were rough on you, a little coarse?
A: Yeah. I’ve noticed more of the Barbie doll-looking girls, they’re coming in and the boys are like, “Who’s getting with that one?” You’ve got to earn the respect. They’ll mess around with you; play little jokes on you.
Q: What’s the worst prank they’ve pulled on you?
A: Oh, they don’t pull pranks on me. [Laughs] I make sure. That’s the one thing. I’m always afraid of getting pranked. I’m looking around the corner. I always have my flask on me. I’m never going to put it down because I’m always afraid of somebody going to pee in it. They have done that to some people. I’m always keeping one eye open.
Q: They sound like classy people.
A: Yes, very classy. [Laughter]
Q: How much of your audience is just there to see two women entangled?
A: I think in pro wrestling you need women, ’cause sex sells. Who wants to keep seeing a bunch of men in their underwear? You’ve got to have some of the chicks out there. Back in the day we had Moolah and Mae Young. But they were rougher. Now it’s more, you’ve got the fancy outfits, size 4, and then there’s me coming out [she roars] BAM! What the hell is going on here? [Laughs]. When I was with TNA Impact, for seven years on Spike TV, the women were the highest-rated segments. We had a good women’s division.
Q: Is wrestling the beginning and end of your dreams, or do you smell what the Rock is cooking?
A: [Sustained laugh] Oh yeah, I can smell what he’s cooking, yeah. [She’s smelling something different from what I am talking about, on this day, but I understand as the one time I met him, I had trouble remembering how turn on my camera.] The wrestling has put me on the map, the ODB. I’ve been wrestling for 15 years, professionally on TV since 2007. I’ve got my name out there in the wrestling world. Now I’m starting to feel more stuff coming on. I just came out with my own hot sauce. It happens to be right here: One Dirty Bitch Whiskey Hot Sauce and I have a barbecue sauce, too. You can get that at saucecrafters.com. I have my Airstream trailer, of course. I’ve done a lot of PR work with that and actually I would love to travel with that and my hot sauce and see where it takes me. I don’t want to be a big action movie star. Maybe have my own little reality show, “Hooking Up with ODB,” huh? [Laughter]. No one gets the Airstream now. I’m like, “Why don’t you get it?” People have to have the experience. Airstreams, they’re still making them. It’s a way of life, a way of living.
Q: You think you’ll always like to live in an Airstream?
A: Yeah, I think so.
Q: Ronda Rousey just sold the car she lived in for $20,000. Have you got anything you could sell for that?
A: What? For real? Damn. I could sell my Airstream in a few years maybe. [Laugh.]
Q: Did you come up with this sauce on your own?
A: Someone helped me with it. I put the whiskey in it.[Laughter]
Interviews are edited. To contact C.J. try firstname.lastname@example.org and to see her check out FOX 9’s “Buzz.”