Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (2016)

I don’t think it’s a controversial opinion to say that this movie is not as good as Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery, the previous Scooby-Doo/WWE crossover. That movie stars more noteworthy wrestlers and features actual wrestling! But John Cena is a major character in Wrestlemania Mystery and I hate him so very much, so I own Curse of the Speed Demon instead. All because John Cena sucks.

Do you like wrestling? If so, too bad! This movie is closer to the old Wacky Races cartoon than grown men (and women) slap fighting in a roped off square. In fact, the guy credited for this movie’s story also worked on the 2017 Wacky Races reboot, so that’s telling. Anyway, here the wrestlers are racing on an off-road course to win a million dollars, which I’m pretty sure most of them make every time their intro music plays (well… maybe not Los Matadores). After the Scooby-Doo mandated masked villain shows up and tries to ruin everything, the Scooby Gang work with the wrestlers to solve the mystery.

The roster is a who’s who of solid B+ players: The Authority–Triple H and Stephanie McMahon–are in it to win it and don’t care what anyone else thinks; Rusev and Lana want to bring glory to Mother Russia; The “The Miz” Miz and Paige are a dysfunctional duo; Los Matadores are here, highlighting that this happened before El Torito betrayed them; Sheamus is teamed up with brothers Goldust and Stardust because sure, why not; and Dusty Rhodes and the Undertaker were a duo until the villainous Inferno wrecked their ride and injured Dusty in the process (may he rest in peace, and not in the way the Undertaker says it). Taker then teams up with Scooby and Shaggy, apparently recognizing them from the last film, and they become a new racing team.

If you can’t tell I used to be into wrestling, focused mostly on WWE. My favorite wrestler was Stardust, a flamboyant space alien character thrust upon Mr. Cody Rhodes by corporate. I know that Cody hated the way the character was treated and that it was a main drive for getting out of his contract, but I loved that lunatic. He would hiss at people! He dressed like X-Men villain Mister Sinister for Wrestlemania 31! He brought a bag of (plastic) spiders into the ring with him to scare R-Truth! He started a feud with Stephen “Green Arrow” Amell on Twitter that culminated in a fight at Summer Slam (and a minor recurring role on Arrow)! But more importantly for this review, he and his brother are featured in this movie. Not a whole lot, but enough that I had to own it. The movie itself is pretty lame, but it gave me my Stardust fix, so thumbs up from me.


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