Scooby-Doo: Wrestlemania Mystery (2014) [DVD/Blu-ray/Digital]

The Scooby gang have come across almost every popular star since they were introduced on television. From the Harlem Globetrotters to Batman and Robin, no one was off limits to them. Surely enough with WWE ruling the sports world currently, their crossover with the Scooby gang was not only inevitable but it makes perfect sense, when you consider it. They met The Harlem Globetrotters. Mike Piazza. KISS. This was a long time coming.

The Scooby gang have come across almost every popular star since they were introduced on television. From the Harlem Globetrotters to Batman and Robin, no one was off limits to them. Surely enough with WWE ruling the sports world currently, their crossover with the Scooby gang was not only inevitable but it makes perfect sense, when you consider it. They met The Harlem Globetrotters. Mike Piazza. KISS. This was a long time coming.

“Wrestlemania Mystery” centers on Shaggy and Scooby, both of whom are major WWE Fans. After completing their favorite wrestling game on the hardest level, Scooby completes wrestler Sin Cara’s complicated victory dance, unlocking a feature that grants them a reward. Shaggy and Sooby win a free trip to the new theme park “WWE City” where they can hobnob with the biggest WWE stars, while celebrating everything they love about their favorite sport. Sadly, Vince McMahon and his corporation are consuming the land with their new theme park and the locals are angry. During a confrontation with Kane while jogging, wrestler The Miz is attacked by a vicious beast of a bear that soon begins wreaking havoc on the park.

Just their luck, the Mystery Machine crew arrives at WWE City to partake in the wrestling adventures, and find the mystery afoot. Who or what is the large bear that’s threatening the lives of the WWE stars? Is Kane picking on his fellow athletes? Is it the disgruntled farmer angered at the park for taking over the woods? Is it the ex-wrestler (Charles S. Dutton) now training John Cena? Is it the trainer’s son who is anxious to become a WWE all star? Is someone trying to steal the championship belt? In either case, fans will be happy to see that the WWE stars get just as much screen time as the Scooby Gang, with the opening devoted to introducing the all star cast. There’s a great opening sequence where we see the stars in action and their animated models.

John Cena is the main hero of the group that befriends Scooby and Shaggy and helps them figure out the mystery, while the other Mystery gang garners their own small sub-plots. Daphne begins crushing on Cena, Freddy just enjoys the show and gets jealous, and Velma begins loving the sport despite denying it adamantly. Hey, it’s “Scooby Doo,” not Robert Altman. “Wrestlemania Mystery” is one of the few cinematic adventures with the group I’ve seen in a while, and it helps that the WWE presence adds to the entertainment value. Surely, I like the new stars, but seeing small cameos from Hulk Hogan and Sergeant Slaughter made a classic fan like me a bit giddy. “Wrestlemania Mystery” is fun, funny, and promises WWE; And surely enough the movie is drowned in WWE paraphernalia and all stars while staying true to the classic “Scooby” formula.

Among the special features in the release is a seven minute Behind the Scenes look at the making of the Scooby Doo! movie. Though it’s seven minutes long, it’s a fun segment that shows all of the wrestling stars filming their roles for the movie. We also get an idea of what Triple H and Vince McMahon think of the movie, as well as how the sports stars approached their voice performances. AJ Lee is just smoking hot. There’s also a bonus episode of “A Pup Named Scooby Doo” entitled “Wrestle Maniacs.” In it, Shaggy and Scooby go to the Coolsville Wrestling Federation and run across The Hooded Heifer, an anthropomorphic cow/wrestler who begins terrorizing the group of tweens.