Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery

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Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery is a 2014 wrestling comedy direct-to-video (DTV) film based on the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! TV series in 1969. It was released by Warner Home Video on March 25, 2014. It is written by Michael Ryan, and produced and directed by Brandon Vietti. The film is the twenty-first installment in the Scooby-Doo direct-to-video film series. Two years later, the events of this film were followed up in Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Speed Demon, the twenty-fifth DTV feature.

Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to WrestleMania, but when the entire gang attends the event, a ghostly bear appears and threatens to ruin the show.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Characters

Legend
Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Kane Himself
The Miz Himself
Ghost Bear Fred Tatasciore
Yogi Bear
Shaggy Rogers Matthew Lillard
Scooby-Doo Frank Welker
Vince McMahon Himself
Fred Jones Frank Welker
Velma Dinkley Mindy Cohn
Daphne Blake Grey DeLisle
Monstrous Mechanic
Horrific Huntsman
Crazed Cowgirl from Beyond the Grave
Ghastly Gordito of Guadalajara
Grandpa Dinkley
Raccoon N/A
John Cena Himself
Cookie Charles S. Dutton
Ruben Bumper Robinson
Bayard Corey Burton
Announcer (voice only) Corey Burton
Brodus Clay Himself
Cameron N/A
Naomi N/A
Santino Marella Himself
AJ Lee Herself
Sin Cara N/A
Michael Cole Himself
Big Show N/A
Alberto Del Rio N/A
Referee N/A
Sgt. Slaughter N/A
Jerry "The King" Lawler N/A
Jimmy Hart N/A
Ms. Richards Mary McCormack
Vicious Fred Tatasciore
Sin Cara Grande N/A


Organizations

Locations

Objects

Vehicles

Production

Development

Warner Bros. and WWE Studios announced the film on August 14, 2012.

Filming

Music

Ryan Shore composed the music.

Release

The film had its world premiere on March 22, 2014 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. It was released onto DVD on March 24, 2014 in the UK, then on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America, the next day. Its television premiere on Cartoon Network occurred on July 26, 2014, although it was renamed Scooby-Doo! The WWE Mystery, and now attending SuperStar-Mania, instead of WrestleMania.

Behind the scenes

  • If one looks closely at the beginning, a Guitar Hero controller can be seen.
  • Ruben also refers to it as Smokey Bear, otherwise known as Smokey the Bear, the public service announcement mascot against forest fires.
  • Cena's trademark catchphrase, "You can't see me", is used in the film.
  • Shaggy calls Cena the "Doctor of Thuganomics" which is one of his ring names.
  • The businesses in WWE City are named after subjects relating to and wrestling in general:
    • Sleeper Hold Hotel is a reference to a wrestling move, as well as one of Triple H's signature moves.
    • WWE Superstar Inn is named after what the WWE wrestlers are called.
    • Champ Belt Hotel is likely named after the championship belt.
    • Royal Rumble Ribs is a reference to the pay-per-view event held every January by the WWE.
    • McMahon's Waffle House is named after Mr. McMahon. It even has his face on top of the sign.
    • Tap Out Diner may refer to the submission move.
    • Tombstone Tacos is a spoof name on the Undertaker's signature move, Tombstone.
  • The Sin Cara in this film is based on the second and current performer, Jorge Arias. This Sin Cara can actually talk and in English, too. The character's grandfather may be based on the first performer, Luis Urive.
  • The wrestling moves used in the film are based on the ones used in real-life.
    • The snake sockpuppet that Santino Marella wears is a spoof on his Cobra Strike move.
    • The two times Cena uses Five Knuckle Shuffle, Michael Cole refers to it as his "vintage" Five Knuckle Shuffle.
  • Miz and Jimmy Hart both own iPod-looking devices.
  • Brodus refers to his entrance music, "Somebody Call My Momma", when he says "Somebody call your Momma" when facing the Ghost Bear, and when a man in the WrestleMania crowd held a sign saying "You'd better Call Your Momma!"
  • A Slammy Award is a real award given out by WWE.
  • The hall of fame plaque in the stadium's awards display lists the following people: Brandon Vietti, David Wilcox, Kyle Stafford, Mark Wilson, Owen Stafford, Kai Vietti, Miles Stafford, John Beach and Steve Jones. The names are from people who worked on the film and some of their family members.[1]
  • During the broadcast of WrestleMania on television, several scenes were shown of four girls watching the main event on their sofa, resembling Cassie Sandsmark (Wonder Girl), Artemis Crock (Artemis), Zatanna Zatara (Zatanna), and Megan Morse (Miss Martian) from Young Justice: Invasion, the second season of Young Justice on Cartoon Network. Brandon Vietti, who directed this film, was the co-creator of the Young Justice TV series.
  • People from the audience hold up signs referencing wrestlers' different gimmicks, including "Cenation".
    • If one looks closely, one of the audience members holds a sign that says "3:16". This is a reference to former wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin, and his famous catchphrase "Austin 3:16"; which he used during his victory in the 1996 King of the Ring.

Errors

  • Miz's clothes and belongings disappear after the Ghost Bear knocks him out of them, or they're just off-screen.
  • The fine print which appears on Shaggy's TV screen after Mr. McMahon's speech, just happens to mention most of the wrestlers who appear in the film who they may meet in person in WWE City, no wrestlers who exists outside of the film.
  • Both Shaggy's home and the Burger Binge could be in Coolsville, but that's not explicitly clear.
  • The last place Shaggy lived was in a two-story house with both Scooby and Fred in Coolsville in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "A Scooby-Doo Valentine".
  • The gang seem unusually distant at the Burger Binge with Fred, Daphne and Velma involved with their own thing.
  • Shaggy and Scooby obviously just want the gang to go with them, but if they didn't want to go then they could've just gone alone as they spent a fare share of time away from the gang (albeit much of the time with Scrappy-Doo) unless they are being ignored. This at least proves a little that the duo just want Fred for his van and they have to take him a long because he won't lend it to them. The fact that they're a close-knit group would explain why Daphne has to go along despite clearly not wanting to (and likely because she has nothing better to do.)
  • Fred was a major wrestling fan in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "Wrestle Maniacs", but here he has to be guilted in to going to WrestleMania. Daphne also had no problem in going to the Bosepheus Jumbo Wrestling Bowl in the aforementioned episode, but she hated the idea of going to WrestleMania.
  • When Daphne remembers Scooby saying how his fur didn't even grow back in some places, it sounds different, but this could be the way it sounded to her, making her more prone to agree.
  • Daphne's glass of water at the Burger Binge disappears when she agrees to go to WrestleMania.
  • One Attack Snacks box has the writing back to front while another is circular.
  • Are the gang that incompetent that they would leave Shaggy (and even Scooby) to pack their bags for the trip? (Fred even seems amused by it.) Even if they did only wear one outfit they would still need another set of fresh clothing, not to mention underwear. They also apparently went without a toothbrush and slept in the exact same clothing the entire time there.
  • It's implied, but not explicitly confirmed that those who work at the WWE live in WWE City. It's unknown if this applies to every one of its employees.
  • It's unknown if Mr. McMahon actually owns the restaurant with his name and face on it or it's just a tourist attraction.
  • The relationship is suggestive yet likely purely innocent between Daphne and Cena since she gives him her phone number, home and email address (and scarf size). To most people this would come off as being creepy and desperately forward, but apparently he doesn't mind. Cena is actually seemingly oblivious to her feelings or is at least modest about it, unlike in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "Riva Ras Regas", where the feelings between Fred and Lindsay Pagano were at least mutual (and that of course still went nowhere). It's also perhaps a little inappropriate, since Daphne's age is ambiguous and Cena is clearly an adult.
    • Of course it's all supposed to be for laughs, but on top of that (no pun intended), Daphne's crush on Cena seems to greatly contradict the events of the previous film, Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright, where it was perfectly established by Daphne herself that Fred was her one and only love interest. (Of course they'll never actually happen so she wouldn't lose anything by seeking Cena.) Another laugh of the film is that she hates the entire trip (and clearly goes under protest) until she sees Cena take off his sweater, revealing his greatly worked out body, but ends up coming off fickle, especially since she was a little bit rude (albeit indirectly) to even him right up until that point.
  • There's odd "vocal effects" such as when Shaggy laughs in excitement from receiving the free tickets from Cena, and a crowd member's off-screen "a ha" reaction to when Cole's second desk is broken.
  • The Mystery Machine disappears after the gang arrive in WWE City.
  • Despite[WWE being televised, no film crews are visible.
  • Santino's sockpuppet comes from nowhere.
  • It's unclear if Sin Cara can actually talk or chooses not to because he can't speak English.
  • Being guests at the Rock Yard was apart of the video game dance prize, but when Cookie offers to take the gang there Scooby and Shaggy react excitedly as if they've forgot. They were either possibly absent-minded about it or just caught up in the excitement, but presumably they also told the rest of the gang and they don't mention it either or they were just letting him be polite. He also could've just been personally offering them a ride (in spite of the fact it was Sin Cara who drove them all).
  • Daphne complained about missing her luggage, but she still managed to produce her purse and pom poms.
  • Cookie's leg brace is over his clothing when it would probably be more appropriate and realistic underneath (especially when there are more comfortable fitting ones out there in real-life), but having it always visible is better for the audience to not forget it's there.
  • Vicious's traveling show isn't identified on-screen and they apparently don't try and restrain him when he loses control, perhaps because they were scared off.
  • Perhaps because it's a cartoon, wrestlers can be formidable opponents to bears and also survive. It's made trivial of the cruelty of an animal being forced to fight, although it was in a small town a hundred years ago, also laws are different in a cartoon. The same could also be said about the Ghost Bear if it wasn't for the fact it was a monster.
  • When Kane first came on stage to announce wanting his title back, his entrance theme, "Veil Of Fire", and the associated pyro effects played, despite there being no audience.
  • The date marked for WrestleMania on Cookie's calendar is March 31, but in real-life it actually happened on April 6. Perhaps it happened on the latter date within the Scooby-Doo universe?
  • The WWE City News front page report on how Sin Cara Grande saved the day from the Ghost Bear, which is on the stadium's commemorative display, would be impossible since WWE City didn't exist then.
  • The earpieces are so small that it looks like they're just communicating by touching their ears.
  • Perhaps due to it being the film's limited time, Scooby, Shaggy and Kane are the only contestants in WrestleMania.
  • It's unknown what happened to the EMP device and the fake belt after Kane tossed it aside.
  • For some reason the "flame" in the Ghost Bear's skeletal face turns off when it is finally defeated.
  • Daphne putting her hand on Fred's shoulder could be seen as a moment between them or it could be seen as him accepting her and Cena.
  • When Shaggy's stuck in the ring's ropes during the fight with Kane, he seems to have leg hair. This is especially odd as he has never been shown with any form of body hair in previous cartoons, and weirder still is the fact that he didn't have this leg hair earlier in the movie or even before the fight.
  • Ms. Richards says Shaggy is stuck as Scooby's accomplice for owning the game, but if it was the WWE that produced the game with the hypnotic command, why should Shaggy be arrested because of a defective product?

Marketing and promotion

The red carpet premiere at Tribeca Cinemas was attended by [[Sin Cara, Stephanie McMahon, Brandon Vietti, and Jay Bastian. There was also a costumed performer as Scooby and the Mystery Machine.

Another Scooby-Doo performer appeared on the March 24, 2014 edition of WWE Raw, the day before the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States. He stood outside the ring, as Sin Cara fought against Damien Sandow. Sin Cara and Scooby also made their entrance from the Mystery Machine, while scenes from the film accompanied by the opening theme played on the big screen. It was commentated by Michael Cole.

Mattel released two action figure sets, which included Scooby with either John Cena or Sin Cara.

Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
French Scooby-Doo et la Folie du catch Scooby-Doo and the Folly of wrestling
Greek Scooby-Doo! Μυστήριο στην Παγκόσμια Πάλη Scooby-Doo! Mystery at the World Wrestling
Italian Scooby-Doo! e il Mistero del Westling Scooby-Doo! and the Mystery of Wrestling
Polish Scooby Doo! WrestleMania: Tajemnica ringu Scooby Doo! WrestleMania: The mystery of the ring
Spanish (Latin America) Scooby-Doo! Misterio en el ring (DVD)
Scooby-Doo! Misterio en la lucha libre (movie)
Scooby-Doo! Mystery in the ring
Scooby-Doo! Mystery in the Wrestling

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