Did you ever wonder what would happen if you took the epic force that is Scooby-Doo and combine the pure entertainment power that is the WWE? I know the very thought has kept me up at night. Thank the wrestling Gods thatScooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery is a thing! On the outskirt of WWE City (The home of everything WWE) the Miz is listening to head phones while jogging; down the road Kane appears. Shocked that Kane has returned The Miz avoids the confrontation with the Big Red Machine until a mysterious ghost bear appears and wreaks havoc.
Meanwhile, Shaggy and Scooby are playing a WWE video game. Scooby does so well that he unlocks the super secret ending that gives them passes to WWE City. The boys are stoked and convince the rest of the team to go. On the way to WWE city the van runs off the road in attempt to avoid a small wood land creature. But don’t fret because the trainer Cookie (former jaded Superstar) and his son Ruben (wants to be a superstar) are chaperoning Jon Cena on his late night run out side of the city (Even though there are a series of rampart ghost bear attacks). Anyway, Shaggy and Scoob “mark out” for Cena and Mr. Thung-a-nomics gives them free passes to the wrestling show, while Daphne gets “Real Thirsty” for Cena.
At the show Mr. McMahon introduces the vacant World Championship belt. He tells the WWE Universe that there will be a new champion at Wrestlemania. Later as the group receives the nickel tour of WWE city the Championship belt disappears and it looks like Scooby is to blame! What? Not Scooby!
The sole reason that this movie was even made is an easy one. The WWE has a PG status that is more family friendly. It’s great for the company that is chasing a younger audience and needs more exposure. What’s better than having a father who grew up on SD and WWF/WWE pass it on to his younglings? That’s another reason why Jon Cena is featured, other than being the face of the company; he’s kid friendly. As is Sin Cara, kids love the mask and superhero type of presentation that some Lucha can deliver. Then there’s AJ Lee who has a slew of young female fans, The Miz who is actually a decent source of comedy relief, Brodus Clay and Santino are in for their catch phrase and dumb snake gimmick, Triple H for his facial hair…actually I have no idea why he made the cut, my guess is it’s for his kids to see him, Kane as the brooding imitation factor, Michael Cole on color so kids can hate him too and of course Mr. McMahon for the clout.
As for the animation, it’s well done. The wrestles resemble their real life counter parts. There are sprinkles of CGI here and there but nothing too out of control. It’s mostly used to enhance the action scenes. There is also select music from a few superstars’ entrance themes that add to the experience and spice up montages. The voice acting does its job and believe it or not Jon Cena and The Miz actually do a good job. There are flares of their personality that actually sneak out.
For the gang, I was really taken back how worthless everyone was. Fred said maybe ten things, Velma did her part in kicking the knowledge, but Daphne was really out of control. She was dick riddin’ SO hard it was sad. I was very embarrassed for Fred. He needs to put her in check on the hurry.
Overall there is some enjoyment to be had with Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery for the kids. I will say it leans more to the WWE fan due to the fact that it is drenched in WWE everything. In past Scooby-Doo adventures, things would take place in exotic locations with the guest stars in tow. But I guess it all depends on what you take from it. It worked for me because I’m that wrestling fan demo graphic. Regardless you shouldn’t over-analyze the self-aware humor or the small continuity flubs. If you look beyond all of that then you might have a good time.
Director: Brandon Vietti Writer: Michael Ryan Studio: Warner Bros. Animation Release Date: 3/25/14