Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling
Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling is an animated television series that ran on CBS on Saturday mornings from September 14th 1985 to October 18th 1986. It was based on the World Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE).
WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan and his friends The Junkyard Dog, Captain Lou Albano, André the Giant, Wendi Richter, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, Hillbilly Jim, and Tito Santana get up to all sorts of adventures while tussling with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and his goons The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, The Fabulous Moolah, Big John Studd, and Mr. Fuji. "Mean" Gene Okerlund and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan also pop up in a few episodes.
Why It Rocks
- It features the stars of the World Wrestling Federation.
- Each of the wrestlers have their own quirks, such as Hulk Hogan being the Real American, Tito Santana says something in Spanish every fourth or fifth word, André the Giant's size and strength are both exaggerated to great lengths, Wendi Richter is portrayed as the Girl Who Just Wants to Have Fun, Hillbilly Jim always walks around with different pets (such as a pig, goat, raccoon, or porcupine), Captain Lou Albano is always seen eating, Junkyard Dog likes to dance and make constant references to the Queen song "Another One Bites the Dust" (which used to be his entrance theme before "Grab Them Cakes"), Jimmy Snuka is portrayed as a Tarzan-like character, Roddy Piper being the dastardly villain, Big John Studd is a pretty arrogant foil to André the Giant, Fabulous Moolah comes off as totally vain, Mr. Fuji is portrayed as a very sneaky genius, Iron Sheik is hot-tempered, and Nikolai Volkoff comes off as a dimwitted thug with love for his home country of Russia.
- Great theme song, which went on to be reworked into the Bonnie Tyler song "Ravishing".
- There are live-action segments featuring the actual wrestlers, including ones who never appeared in the cartoon, such as "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart, Terry Funk, "Classy" Freddie Blassie, "The Magnificent" Don Muraco, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, and Miss Elizabeth.
- Some of the episodes focus mainly on the heels.
- The voice cast is an assorted "who's who" of vocal talent at the time, such as Brad Garrett (the voice of Hulk Hogan, who went on to find his greatest success on Everybody Loves Raymond), James Avery (the voice of Junkyard Dog, who would go on to be the first ever voice of Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as play Uncle Phil in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Lewis Arquette (the voice of Jimmy Snuka, as well as the father of future WCW World Heavyweight Champion David Arquette), and Charlie Adler (the voice of Roddy Piper, as well as being the voices of Buster Bunny from Tiny Toon Adventures, Ickis from Aaahh! Real Monsters, and Cow and Chicken from their cartoon show of the same name).
- The animation is pretty crude, mostly in the first season.
- Due to their busy travel schedule, none of the wrestlers provided the voices for their animated counterparts.
- Just like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, it won't be looked at the same, in this case, Hulk Hogan's racial allegations and Jimmy Snuka murdering his dentistry student girlfriend.
- In the cartoon's promotional material, the female heel was originally going to be Mad Maxine, but she left the WWF before production began and was replaced by The Fabulous Moolah. It was rumored that Moolah politicked her way into the cartoon out of jealousy towards Maxine's quick success.
- The cartoon was available on the WWE Network from April to July of 2015, but was removed when Hulk Hogan got fired from WWE and would not return until 2018.
- Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling was popular especially in Italy.