In Cheap Pop, Three Man Booth discusses random topics with a slight historical bend.
As much as Batista would like us to believe it, he’s not the biggest star making his return to wrestling this Wrestlemania season. It’s Scooby-Doo. The talking great dane, along with the rest of Mystery Incorporated – Shaggy, Daphne, Freddie and Velma too! – teamed with the WWE to release an animated feature, combining the hijinks of sports entertainment with the jinkies of teen-crime solving.
But this isn’t the first time Mystery Inc. has crossed paths with the squared circle; other Scooby-Doo incarnations have had wrestling themed episodes.
What’s New Scooby-Doo? has an episode titled “Wrestle maniacs” where the gang must investigate the Coolsville Wrestling Federation, which is haunted by the Titantic Twist. Of course, this means that everyone goes undercover, from superfan Freddie to wrestling rookies Daphne and Velma, who create wrestling personalities Fashion Sense and Bookworm respectively. Despite mixing it up with other wrestlers on the roster, it’s Shaggy and Scooby who take the biggest damage.
Ultimately our intrepid teenagers reveal that the Titanic Twist isn’t a conjoined monster but actually the children of the Malachi Crunch, the CWF’s top wrestler, who are afraid he will succumb to injury. All ends well, however.
The other Scooby-Doo wrestling episode is from A Pup Named Scooby Doo, a version where Mystery Inc are kid detectives solving mysteries out of a tree house instead of a van. In addition to their treehouse and an awesome theme song, the show frequently featured chase sequences – as a nod to the original series – and random dance breaks:
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo’s wrestling episode is also called “Wrestle maniacs” and also involves the Coolsville Wrestling Federation. However, instead of Freddie, it’s Shaggy and Scooby who are the superfans. They dress as their favorite comic book characters, Commander Cool and Mellow Mutt, in an effort to support the comics / wrestling crossover.
Also, Velma Dinkley reveals her aggressive streak, getting into the action of the matches. But the team solves the mystery of the Ghost of the Hooded Heifer, who had been driving other wrestlers and fans away from CWF shows. It was a slightly clever ploy by Herbert Blaum aka the Coolsville Comet; he was trying to lower the price of the company so he can buy it. He would’ve gotten away with it too if not for … well, you know the rest.
Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery is part of a long tradition of wrestling and crime solving. As long as it lives up to either “Wrestle maniacs” episode, it will be a welcome addition to the Hanna Barbera catalog. If not, there are some other ideas that could work.