Scooby-Doo and the WWE Wrestlemania Mystery

Let me first start out by pointing out that if I could that “My name is Paul Heyman.  My client, the beast incarnate, Brrrrrrrrrrrrock Lesnar conquered the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania.  That’s correct, My client, Brock Lesnar conquered the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania.”  But Luckily for you and fellow writer Matthew Parkinson, this review has nothing to do with that fateful Wrestlemania; this review is all about Scooby-Doo and his wrestlemania experience.

Lucky for me I now have a small toddler running around the house whom I can blame watching animated wrestling cartoon movies on.  After all, what kind of parent would I be if I didn’t let him watch Scooby-Doo and The Wrestlemania Mystery?  Ok, in all seriousness the little guy didn’t watch much of this film at all but he did break out a really good Daniel Bryan “YES!” chant half way through the film.  I’m like Paul Rhoads proud of him for that.

WWE films and and Warner Brothers decided to team up and bring you the hand drawn animated adventure that is exactly what every wrestling fan always knew they never wanted: a Scooby Doo wrestling themed “mystery.”  Scooby and and Shaggy have become addicted to the newest WWE game and have mastered it.  Their mastery of the game allows them front row seats at Wrestlemania which is being hosted in WWE city (a small metropolis 112 miles from Scooby-Doo land).   Anyhow upon arriving they stumble upon the same tropes we find in any Scooby-Doo cartoon:  A “ghost” is haunting WWE City and harming superstars and trying to destroy Wrestlemania once and for all.  With the help of John Cena and a few other familiar WWE faces Scooby and the gang must figure out who is really behind the plot to destroy Wrestlemania once and for all.

I’d say that this film is terrible, but it is meant for kids and is a Scooby-Doo episode that lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes.  Of course it is a ball of extreme cheese.  The animation is mediocre at best, but  reminiscent of a  80’s cartoon that was attempted to be “redrawn” yesterday.  As Michael Cole would say, it wants that “vintage” Scooby-Doo feel but just doesn’t quite have the right look despite their best efforts.  Hats off should be given to some of the animators as they seemed to capture some of the larger than life WWE Superstars in cartoon form.  Cartoon HHH, Brodus Clay, Kane and Santino all seemed to be fairly spot on.  On the other hand cartoon John Cena and AJ Lee just seemed to sort of miss the mark.  But in the film’s finest WTF moment, Cartoon Miz looked nothing like Miz at all.  If they wouldn’t have called him Miz and he wasn’t wearing an “Awesome” T-shirt I would not have even begun to guess that is who he was supposed to be.  None the less, The Miz did seem to have one of the best “jogging” sessions I have ever seen.  Apparently if “I’m the Miz and I’m Awesome”, I would run through the woods chanting, “I’m Awesome” with every step.

To the most part the film drags on for well past what its run time should and like any other Scooby-Doo mystery we as viewers have our “JENKIES!” moment LONG before Velma.  Sadly in this film I kept hoping for post WWE edits where they “bad guy” behind the Ghost Bear was none other that CM Punk because he was upset he couldn’t headline wrestlemania.  But alas it did not happen that way and it stuck to the less plausible but more Scooby-Doo like ending.  And what would a good Scooby-Doo like ending be without a ridiculous over explanation of how the bad guy planned to ruin wrestlemania.   Lucky for us he “would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for John Cena and those meddling kids and that dog!”

I guess what I took from this film is if you are a fan of WWE, Scooby-Doo and you are a fan of watching anything with a toddler that does not star Elmo as the lead, then Scooby-Doo and the Wrestlemania Mystery might be your thing.  But the problem is I think I am a VERY niche market here, and even I wasn’t overly impressed.   It seemed to be one big nod to the WWE brand, and I kept waiting for mentions of subscribing to the WWE network right in the cartoon.  It also gave me a good laugh at seeing how quickly WWE storylines and mid-card heroes change.  After all, would the current WWE ever plan a cartoon the focused quite a bit of time on Sin Cara?  Heck, Sin Cara doesn’t even remember the last time he had any screen time on televised WWE events.  I will admit hearing the WWE Superstars voice their own animated characters alongside Scooby-Doo was fun but had very little re-watch value.  Much like The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania (which coincidently was recently conquered by Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania), Scooby-Doo wrestlemania films need to come to an end.  Luckilly for us we got to witness 22 matches in “the streak” and hopefully only one film in what WWE/Scooby-Doo fans can now lovingly refer to as “The Series.”

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