Judge David Johnson was hoping for a Shockmaster cameo.
I'm not sure I understand the point of this crossover, but hey…if Scooby-Doo can hang out with the likes of Cher and Don Knotts, who am I to judge the sturdiness of the Scoobyverse?
Lifting a page from The Last Starfighter, Scooby earns a high score from a wresting video game, winning a trip to WWE City (just like a regular city, but Vince McMahon presumably has full control over zoning ordinances) and special seats at WrestleMania. The whole Scooby gang gets to go and apparently they're all humongous pro-wrestling fans. Unfortunately, their good times are about to be soured, when they discover that WWE City and its superstars are under attack from terrifying ghost bear.
With the help of WWE personalities like John Cena, Sin Cara, Triple H, and The Miz, Scooby and crew investigate the source of the bear attacks, along the way finding themselves embroiled in a daring heist. It all culminates on wrestling's biggest stage, when Scooby and Shaggy face off against Kane…for some reason.
Straight-up nonsense and an embarrassing level of WWE groveling. That's what you're getting with this surreal release. Yet I can't even conjure up a wisp of anger. This is a WWE production, not a 60 Minutes hit piece, so of course it's going to be of the bootlicking variety. Granted, the writers take it over the top (Scooby and Shaggy falling to their knees and screaming "We're not worthy!" at the feet of Vince McMahon was sort of gross), but I have to think if someone's firing up this disc, there's already got to be some engrained WWE interest.
Indeed, Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery unfolds like a standard-issue Scooby episode (SPOILER: it's not actually a demonic ghost bear), laden with WWE voice work and product placement. John Cena runs point, doing his trademark moves and gestures (with his theme music piped in as well). Cena himself seems interested in the material and not just collecting a paycheck. None of the voice actors are going to win Academy Awards for their efforts, but everyone seems to be having a good time, so at least the audience isn't getting insulted by boredom.
Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery (Blu-ray) sports a 1.78:1/1080p HD widescreen transfer, DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track, a brief behind-the-scenes segment featuring interviews with the WWE stars, and a bonus A Pup Named Scooby-Doo episode.
You'll just have to settle for the cringeworthy marketing-masquerading-as-a-movie that Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery ultimately is. But if you're a kid and want to see your pal John Cena wrestle a bear over a waterfall, you'll have a great time!
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Scales of Justice
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