Western Animation / Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling

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Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling is a 1985 CBS cartoon series developed by Jeffrey Scott, produced by DiC Entertainment and WWEnote , and animated by Studio Shaftnote , Hanho Heung-Upnote  and Wang Film Productionsnote .

The show went as followed: Hulk Hogan and a few other face WWF wrestlers (Junkyard Dog, Captain Lou Albano, André the Giant, Wendi Richter, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Hillbilly Jim, and Tito Santana) along with Mean Gene Okerlund, fought against several heel wrestlers, whom were led by Roddy Piper (The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, The Fabulous Moolah, Big John Studd, and Mr. Fuji).

In other words, it followed every other children show plot at the time.

Because of how long it takes to animate a cartoon, let alone 26 episodes, the show was often behind the times and ended in 1986. It's also worth pointing out that none of the wrestlers played their animated counterparts. Instead, the show featured well-known voice actors of that particular time (for instance, a young Brad Garrett voiced Hulk Hogan), not counting that Mean Gene Okerlund and many of the aforementioned wrestlers themselves appeared in the live action skits.

The series does not have an official DVD release (WWE owns the rightsnote ), so your only option is through YouTube via member rocknwrestling.


Tropes

  • Annoying Laugh: Charlie Adler comes up with a doozy for Roddy Piper.
  • Bag of Kidnapping: In "Superfly Express", a woman named Lenora is kidnapped by her cousin's men so that she can take her ring and take over her kingdom she then orders her men to get rid of her, Superfly later finds her in a sack amongst a pile of sacks full of potatoes.
  • Big Eater: Captain Lou Albano and Andre the Giant.
    • UpToEleven with Captain Lou. He literally lives to eat.
  • Celebrity Toons: An early example.
  • Corrupt Politician: "Ballot Box Boneheads" has this as the lead antagonist.
  • Diet Episode: "Captain Lou's Crash Diet".
  • Drives Like Crazy: The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff. This leads the former to ask why the latter can have a license.
    • It's actually quite simple. Volkoff took his drivers test on frozen Siberian wasteland. There's nothing to hit for a thousand miles!
  • Driving Test: The Iron Sheik went through one in "Driving Me Crazy". Nikolai Volkoff was assisting him via a remote control (hidden in the engine)... but it does not end well.
  • Episode Title Card
  • Hammer Space: The intro sequence has all of Hogan's buddies (all *six* of them) popping up from the backseat when the heels menace Hogan. And it was obvious from previous shots that the backseat was empty.
  • Indian Burial Ground: "Rock n Zombies." Not indian, but the same idea.
  • Jerk Ass: The heels, of course, are all creeps. Roddy Piper and Iron Sheik stand out in particular.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Subverted somewhat. The wrestlers on Roddy Piper's side can be competent; but it's not often.
  • Mythology Gag: Possible: In the "Roddy Reforms" title card, Roddy is shown tossing daises out of a basket. The real-life Roddy Piper tossed daisies from a basket into the crowd in his debut match as a pro wrestler (against Larry Hennig).
  • Not Quite Starring: The wrestlers themselves did not appear outside of the live action segments.
  • Off-Model: This was a DiC series after all. Though the fact they shipped it to three studios (mentioned at top) doesn't really help matters much.
  • OO Cis Serious Business: In "Roddy Reforms," Roddy is brainwashed into being a good guy. Not only does it cause his fellow heels much concern, even Hulk Hogan is puzzled that Roddy can be nice.
  • Pro Wrestling Episode: It's self explanatory.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Inverted or played straight depending on how one looks at it. The song that would become Bonnie Tyler's "Ravishing", first appeared as an instrumental on The Wrestling Album as Hulk Hogan's Theme, which was later used as the theme of this series. The Bonnie Tyler versionnote  appeared later in 1986 on her album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: uses the same good-defeats-evil plot of practically every other 80s action cartoon. There was even an episode, titled "The Wrong Stuff", where Hulk Hogan and Nikolai Volkoff go into space, literally.note 
  • Spinoff Babies: "Small But Mighty" was the word for one episode when the face wrestlers try Junkyard Dog's secret-recipe chili sprinkled with some of Hillbilly Jim's granny's magical herbs, and all the gang transform into 10-year-olds. Before all is said and done, young Hulk and his buddies are able to stop a car-stripping ring.
  • Stupid Evil: None of the heels are particularly bright, but Nikolai Volkoff is a moron even by their standards.
  • Ten Little Murder Victims: The episode "Ten Little Wrestlers," a rare episode where the Hogan-led faces and Piper-led heels are forced to work together to defeat a common enemy.
  • The Abridged Series: A one shot was done by Youtube User Surberus which you can view here[1]
  • Villain Episode: A good chunk of the episodes focused only on the heels.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: "Small But Mighty" had Hulk and the gang trying to both retrieve Hulk's car and rescue Hillbilly Jim's pet raccoon Mortimer from a gang of car thieves. At the end, Mortimer is revealed to be female and haven given birth to cubs.

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