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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 WWE, with animation by Studio Shaft, Hanho Heung-Up, and Wang Film Productions.
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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.

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


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  • 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.
  • Ballet Episode: "Ballet Buffoons".
  • Berserk Button: Roddy HATES rock-n-roll. This echoes a sentiment of his heel days (which is what made him a natural villain Rock-and-Wrestling Connection of the 80s).
  • Big Eater: Captain Lou Albano and Andre the Giant.
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    • Up to Eleven with Captain Lou. He literally lives to eat. In one episode where he has to struggle to lose weight to make his weigh-in for a match, he manages to get his weight down at the last second by going through his clothing and dropping a small mountain of food he'd stashed about his person.
  • Camping Episode: "A Lesson in Scouting".
  • Celebrity Toons: An early example.
  • Circus Episode: "Big Top Boobs".
  • Compilation Movie: At least a few episodes were cobbled together into these and run in syndication in the late 1980s, adding in new dubbed dialogue from Brad Garrett to link the episodes together.
  • 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.
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  • Friend to All Living Things: Hillbilly Jim's central character trait. He usually has some barnyard critter tagging along who ends up being relevant to the plot.
  • Gag Haircut: Moolah and Volkoff end up giving customers at Moolah's sister's beauty salon a lot of these in "Moolah's Ugly Salon".
  • 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.
    • Bobby Heenan only appears in "Driving Me Crazy" and "Rock N Zombies", but he's an underhanded cheapskate that even the heels find despicable — which perfectly summed up his real-life character.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Averted in "Big John's Car Lot." When John Studd's father finds out the heels made him significant money by cheating his customers, he's outraged and returns the ill-gotten spoils to the customers immediately.
  • 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.
  • Once an Episode: Mean Gene Okerlund will appear out of nowhere and comment on the current situation to the audience watching, microphone and all... even in places that make no sense for him to be there(in the sea, in deep space, etc.)
  • 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.
  • 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 
  • Samus Is a Girl: In the "Duke of Piperton", Roddy has to compete against his cousin Ronnie in a series of knight tourneys to claim a castle in Scotland. Ronnie bests Roddy, despite his cheating. When he (uncharacteristically) graciously concedes defeat, she removes her helmet at last.
  • 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.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Happens several times in the series: one of the heels (usually Roddy) has to work with Hulk to solve a bigger problem. Hulk is always game and forthright, whereas the heel invariably doesn't do much more than complain.
  • The Abridged Series: A one shot was done by Youtube User Surberus which you can view here[1]
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: "Wrestling Roommates" has Captain Lou thrown out of his apartment and staying with Hulk Hogan and making a mess overnight. Eventually, Junkyard Dog needs someone to look after his junkyard while he heads out of town for a match, so Hulk lets Lou stay there as his part-time home. But then, just as Hulk has finished cleaning up his place, Hillbilly Jim pops by to stay with him.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In "The Blue La-Goons," Despite Hulk saving his life no less than four times, feeding him, and generally doing all of the work to keep them alive, sane and healthy, Iron Sheik does nothing but insult Hulk, complain to him and even try to attack him out of pure spite many times.
  • Villain Episode: Six of the episodes focused only on the heels: "Driving Me Crazy", "Moolah's Ugly Salon", "The Duke of Piperton", "Big John's Car Lot", "Ballet Buffoons", and "Rowdy Roddy Reforms".
  • 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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