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The Scooby-Doo WWE movie... I decided to go into this open-minded I already have a set opinion of how WWE do things creatively with regards to their weekly shows on raw or SmackDown and their monthly pay-per-views. But to see them do animated movies with the likes of Scooby-Doo left me wondering what to expect.
Now we do know the wacky zany antics of the Scooby gang in the confines of a story set around WrestleMania which is the WWE's equivalent of the Superbowl the World Series the World Cup final and the FA Cup final if you happen to be in the UK.
Vocally the cast of Scooby-Doo perform confidently as they have done 4 years particularly with long serving cast frank Welker returning to reprise his role as Fred in fact I think he's the only cast member returning from the very original and you have Matthew lillard who had portrayed shaggy in the live action movies now taking over from Casey Kasem how's Scooby's best pal. The idea of them being wrestling marks why were little unexpected is not something I would have ruled out because well if they weren't we won't have much of a movie here.
The cast members of the WWE ranging from The Miz, Triple H, AJ Lee, Brodus Clay, Kane, Mr McMahon and even the WWE's resident Superman himself John Cena. This is actually highlighted in one scene where Cena comes into the rescue whilst being played to his own Titantron music and actually loves a border out the way that is actually coming for the Scooby gang. By that point generic and predictable and is ever present.
The story is as you would expect from a Scooby-Doo some weird happenings occur around the event that they're supposed to be and the item in question that they are looking to recover is a brand new WWE World Championship belt that will be decided in the main event of WrestleMania and it just happens to be one of the most predictable setups where it happens to be a former competitor who never got given his due in his own mind and sets about trying to steal the belt as a ghost bear. I could go on to a rant about this but it's a Scooby-Doo part of the package where the culprit is like most predictable suspect. What is actually believed at first that Scooby is the culprit that stole the WWE championship we hear from Mr McMahon that due to City laws of WWE city and saying that is just laughable in its own right but you know I'm just going to play along with this is that Scooby gets to prove his innocence in a handicap match with Shaggy as the tag team of dead meat against Kane. For those that are WWE and general wrestling fans that's the equivalency of putting somebody like spike Dudley up against the Big Show you know this can't over before it even begins.
But for all its faults and Faubles the WrestleMania mystery movie is entertaining and yes it's obviously aimed at kids but those that have grown up with the Scooby-Doo will find some enjoyment from this.
If you're a fan of both Scooby and the WWE then you're likely to find some enjoyment from this. If you're a casual fan... Then you're not going to get the references of wrestling and or scooby so in that context you're better off avoiding it.
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