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:

  • 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.
  • Celebrity Toons: An early example.
  • Corrupt Politician: One of the episodes 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 one episode. Nikolai Volkoff was assisting him via a remote control (hidden in the engine)... but it does not end well.
  • Episode Title Card
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Subverted somewhat. The wrestlers on Roddy Piper's side can be competent; but it's not often.
  • 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.
  • 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 Hillbilly Jim's secret-recipe chili sprinkled with some of his 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.
  • Ten Little Murder Victims: The episode "Ten Little Wreslers," a rare episode where the Hogan-led faces and Piper-led heels are forced to work together to defeat a common enemy.
  • Villain Episode: A good chunk of the episodes focused only on the heels.

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