Western Animation: Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling
Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling
is a 1985 CBS
cartoon series created by DiC Entertainment
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 returned to play 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 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
- A Day in the Limelight: Some of the episodes focused on only the heels.
- 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.
- Celebrity Toons: An early example.
- Corrupt Politician: One of the episodes has this as the lead antagonist.
- 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
- 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.