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'Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery' delivers top rope entertainment

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Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery

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Cast: Frank Welker, Matthew Lillard, Grey DeLisle, Mindy Cohn, John Cena, Vince McMahon

Director: Brandon Vietti

Synopsis: Scooby and Shaggy win an all-expense-paid trip to WWE City, home to the larger-than-life stars of the WWE. However, when Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of Mystery Incorporated arrive, their exciting vacation turns into another mystery when a terrifying ghost bear attacks WWE City and threatens the biggest event of the year, WrestleMania. It’s up to everyone’s favorite group of meddling kids to solve the case and ensure that a new WWE Champion will be crowned in the main event.

Review: Scooby-Doo and the WWE are two names that a lot of fans never thought they would see come together for a movie. While the idea is abstract, this concept goes back to the “New Scooby-Doo Movies” series in the ‘70s, where real life celebrities, like Jonathan Winters, Sonny and Cher, and even the Harlem Globetrotters, would team to solve mysteries with Scooby and his friends.

When a ghostly beast threatens WrestleMania, Scooby and the gang team up with WWE superstars, including John Cena, Triple H, AJ Lee, and Brodus Clay, to solve the mystery and save the show. We also see other well-known stars like Kane, Sin Cara and WWE Chairman himself, Mr. McMahon, all of whom voice their animated counterparts.

While the film is directed more towards younger viewers, older fans will enjoy seeing the Easter eggs hidden throughout the movie that reference other well known WWE stars. Some examples include the signs in the crowd shots with phrases like “3:16” and “Yes!” Both of which are catchphrases for WWE stars “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Daniel Bryan. Older fans may also recognize wrestlers from the ‘80s making small cameos, including Jerry “The King” Lawler and Sgt. Slaughter.

The only real issue this reviewer had with the movie was the overuse of the “WWE” brand name. The constant use of the name, even in casual conversations among the characters, felt like the movie was trying to etch the WWE brand into the viewer’s mind. On top of that, the WWE logo is visible throughout two-thirds of the movie. In certain areas, like the wrestling ring turnbuckles and the fan signs, it's acceptable, but when you constantly see it in the background, it gives the feeling that the movie is more or less one big commercial for WWE, when the focus should be on Scooby-Doo and his friends solving the mystery.

Despite its' cheesy outer appearance, "Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery" is a great combination of both the over-the-top shenanigans of Scooby-Doo, mixed with the high-fueled action that only the WWE can provide. After almost thirty years of entertaining fans in singles competition, Scooby-Doo and the WWE come together to make the perfect tag team in entertainment.

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