Cast: Vince McMahon, Ashley Bornancin, Ric Flair
Writer of the episode: Aaron Blitzsein
Review by: Stephen Combs
Camp WWE is a new adult animated show brought to us by Seth Green. Taking place at the title camp, the show presents exaggerated versions of wrestlers and those involved in the business. Vince McMahon is the owner, Stephanie McMahon and HHH are the councilors, and the current roster fills out the campers. The first episode involves one of the campers, John Cena, getting homesick, and Vince McMahon’s (and thus the entire camp staff’s) drive to fix that so it doesn’t spread like a real disease. This episode and the paper thin concept that the show is based on should not work. Doubly true since there is an unwritten rule that states that anything that the WWE produces that isn’t wrestling, or a wrestling documentary will be, at absolute best, mediocre. More likely than not, it will be terrible. Against all odds, though, the first episode of Camp WWE was a fun, but not perfect, episode of television.
The show works because the characters are recognizable caricatures of their real life counterparts. Vince McMahon, voiced as himself, is a megalomaniacal psychopath who takes delight in shouting at people. There are a few great moments, not the least of which is him putting on headphones to listen to great explosions in history which is something that anyone who knows anything about him could imagine. The other standout character is HHH. The voice actor who plays him really does a great job of exaggerating one of his more unique vocal tics. The way he’s completely insensitive and a complete butt kisser is appropriate for the real life human. The other characters are all fun, and there’s a great scene with the Undertaker where he’s giving a wake. Each character brings laughs throughout and adds to the show.
It is not a perfect show by any stretch of the imagination. For one, the concept is so thin that while this one episode was incredibly funny, I’ve got major questions about it lasting and still being funny after multiple episodes. It’s so reliant on the viewer knowing and laughing at the parodies, that the jokes could get old quick. Ric Flair’s appearance started to get old quickly. Also, the show is a bit too long. It would work better as a fifteen minute short as opposed to the twenty-two minutes long that it actually lasts. Still, these are minor complaints and I’m willing to hold off on judgement on if it gets old until watching other episodes.
Camp WWE is by no means perfect, but it’s a fun twenty minutes or so for a pro-wrestling fan. When the biggest complaint about the first episode is that it’s a bit too long, that’s not much. You will laugh at Vince McMahon and probably other characters