Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery

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Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery
Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery.jpg
Blu-ray Disc cover featuring John Cena and Scooby-Doo on the foreground
Directed by Brandon Vietti
Produced by John C. Donkin
Jerry Davis
Written by Michael Ryan
Starring Matthew Lillard
Frank Welker
Grey DeLisle
Mindy Cohn
John Cena
Charles S. Dutton
Music by Ryan Shore
Edited by John Carnochan
Production
  company
Warner Bros. Animation
WWE Studios
Distributed by Warner Home Video
Release date(s)
  • March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24) (UK)[1]
  • March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25) (United States)[2]
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery is the twenty-first film in the direct-to-video series of Scooby-Doo films. It is a co-production between Warner Bros. Animation and WWE Studios. The film features Scooby and the gang solving a mystery at WrestleMania.[3] It was released on March 24, 2014 in the United Kingdom[1] and on March 25, 2014 in the United States[2] by Warner Home Video.

Plot[edit]

Scooby-Doo and Shaggy win an all-expenses-paid stay at WWE City to watch WrestleMania after beating the hardest level of the organization's latest video game. At the insistence of the duo, Fred, Daphne, and Velma agree to join them on the trip to WWE City. Upon their arrival, the Mystery Machine crashes on a ditch after Fred narrowly avoids a crossing raccoon. The gang meets John Cena, his trainer Cookie, and Cookie's nephew Ruben before Cena lifts the van back on the road. They also encounter Bayard, a hunter who despises WWE for building their city in his forest. Cena gives the gang VIP tickets to the next event to make up for their altercation with Bayard.

At the show, Mr. McMahon unveils the WWE Championship belt, which has been held vacant since Kane's last match was overturned against Undertaker.the title is up for grabs over the weekend at WrestleMania. The gang is then offered a tour of WWE's training camp before arriving at their cabins. Later that night, Daphne and Velma overhear Ruben arguing with Cookie over not becoming a WWE Superstar because of Cookie's leg injury. Meanwhile, Scooby has a dream about wrestling giant food monsters when Shaggy wakes him up and they both encounter a Ghost Bear before running for their lives. The WWE Superstars intervene during the chase, but Triple H and Brodus Clay are overpowered by the monster, which disappears after throwing Sin Cara's hot rod toward a water tower. The next morning, the gang is briefed by WWE executive Ms. Richards that the city has been terrorized by bear attacks over the past few weeks. Mr. McMahon asks the gang to solve the Ghost Bear mystery to ensure the security of the WWE belt. Cena and Sin Cara explain to the gang that the legend of the Ghost Bear started over 100 years ago with a wrestling bear named Vicious, who was defeated by Sin Cara's great-great-great grandfather Sin Cara Grande at the grounds that would be WWE City. Furious over its loss, Vicious vented its frustration on the town until Sin Cara Grande warded it off to a cave at the cost of a career-ending leg injury. It is believed by Sin Cara that the spirit of the bear has been stirred by WrestleMania.

Next morning, the gang is notified by Ms. Richards that the WWE belt has been stolen, and Scooby is arrested after being caught with it around his waist, with security footage showing him caught in the act. Velma, however, proves Scooby's innocence by showing that he was in a deep state of hypnosis when he stole the belt. Ruben then deduces that the WWE video game contains light flashes that implanted post-hypnotic suggestions to Scooby's brain. Mr. McMahon offers Scooby and Shaggy a chance at freedom if they defeat Kane at WrestleMania. The duo receive a crash course training from Cookie and AJ Lee. That night, the gang and Cena wander along the forest until they reach the bear cave. Inside, they discover a room with books on hypnotism, schematics of an EMP device, and a calendar indicating that the culprit plans to target WrestleMania. Suddenly, the Ghost Bear appears and chases the gang through a storm drain. They escape after Cena slams the Ghost Bear away from them before realizing that the storm drain is directly underneath WWE City. After the gang gives Ms. Richards details on their encounter with the Ghost Bear, Cookie advises that WrestleMania should be cancelled, much to Ms. Richards' disapproval. Fred suggests that the gang uses WrestleMania to nab the Ghost Bear.

During the main event, Velma deduces that the WWE belt is the EMP device. After the gang discovers that the belt is a fake and the EMP device is set to go off in 30 seconds, Cena tries to get rid of it, but it activates and shuts off the underground power generator. When the Ghost Bear appears and wreaks havoc all over the arena, the WWE Superstars ignite green pyrotechnics to light up the stage while Scooby uses his dance moves to throw Kane off guard. The Ghost Bear arrives at ringside, but is confronted by Ruben in his wrestling attire before both combatants are launched into the ring by a floor catapult. The ring is then enclosed inside a steel cage before Cena, Sin Cara, Kane, Ruben, and Undertaker pin down the monster for Scooby to land a belly bomb off the top rope, leveling the ring in the process. The Ghost Bear is revealed to be Cookie, who resented WWE due to his injury and plotted the perfect crime to steal the title belt using Scooby as a pawn and tarnish the organization's reputation. As Cookie is taken away by the police, Mr. McMahon offers Ruben a spot in the Superstar roster before awarding the WWE belt to Scooby and Shaggy.

Voice cast[edit]

Sin Cara, Jerry Lawler, Sgt. Slaughter, Jimmy Hart, Big Show, Alberto Del Rio, Cameron, and Naomi also appear as non-speaking characters. Wonder Girl, Artemis, Zatanna and Miss Martian from director Brandon Vietti's co-created series Young Justice also make a cameo appearance as home viewers.[4][5]

Production[edit]

On August 14, 2012, Warner Bros. and WWE Studios announced that they would co-produce a Scooby-Doo animated feature that will find Scooby and the gang solving a mystery at WrestleMania.[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music was composed by Ryan Shore, featuring the WWE entrance themes of The Miz, Mr. McMahon, John Cena, Kane, and AJ Lee.

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Fowler of IGN gave the film a "Mediocre" score of 5.0 out of 10, citing that "Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery will most definitely delight your children, whether they're fans of one, or both, properties. It's well-meaning, snappily animated, and it's fun to hear the Superstars do their own voices."[6]

Television airing retitling[edit]

In its television premiere on Cartoon Network's Flicks on Saturday, July 26, 2014, the movie was retitled "Scooby-Doo! The WWE Mystery"[7] and the event the gang are in WWE City to witness is renamed "SuperStar-Mania". No reason was given by the network for the changes in the film dialogue or title.

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Preceded by
Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling
Wrestling cartoons
Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery
Succeeded by
None