Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling
is a 1985 CBS
cartoon series created by DiC Entertainment
and animated by Studio Shaft
, Hanho Heung-Up
and Wang Film Productions
The show's plot was this: 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 often got 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
- 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.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: The fact that your only way to see it is through YouTube puts it into that category.
- There WERE some home video releases, but they are long out of print.
- 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.
- Recycled INSPACE: 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
- Schedule Slip: As explained at the top.
- 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.