Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling

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Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling
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Genre Animated Series
Created by WWF
Developed by Jeffrey Scott
Voices of
Theme music composer Jim Steinman
Opening theme Hulk Hogan's Theme
Ending theme Hulk Hogan's Theme
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Producer(s)
Running time 30 minutes[1]
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
WWE
Saban Productions (1985 special episode only)
Columbia Pictures Television (1985 special episode only)
Distributor WWE
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 14, 1985 (1985-09-14) – October 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)

Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling is an American animated television series that originally aired on CBS Saturday mornings from September 14, 1985 to October 18, 1986, with reruns airing until June 27, 1987.[2]

History[edit]

Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling was animated and produced by DIC Entertainment. It featured animated adventures of popular WWF stars from the time, including its title character Hulk Hogan and his group of wrestlers fighting against a group of rogue wrestlers led by Rowdy Roddy Piper.[3] The show followed cartoon archetypes concerning good characters triumphing over evil-doers in wacky situations, typical of children's cartoons in the 1980s.

Rarely referenced, wrestling was simply a device to determine the good guys from the bad guys. The wrestlers themselves appeared in the live-action segments of the show; however, due to their busy travel schedule, they did not provide the voices for their animated counterparts.[4] These were instead performed by professional voice actors. One recurring live-action segment was the music video for the cover of "Land of a Thousand Dances" recorded by several WWF wrestlers for The Wrestling Album.

Due to the show being animated and the longer production times that resulted, it often failed to keep pace with the events of the WWF at the time. This resulted in certain wrestlers turning heel (or, in non-wrestling terms, a villain) in regular WWF programming but remaining good guys on the cartoon and vice versa; examples include Rowdy Roddy Piper (who was a villain when the show debuted but became a face in the fall of 1986, despite remaining a bad guy in the cartoon) and Andre the Giant (who was a face in the fall of 1985 but turned heel in early 1987, despite remaining on the good guys' side throughout the series' run). Additionally, the characters of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and Wendi Richter remained throughout the series' run, despite both having left the WWF in late 1985. It also depicted Hogan as having a full head of hair, as opposed to the noticeably receding hairline he sported in the ring.

WWE (as the WWF was renamed in 2002 after the company lost a lawsuit against the World Wide Fund for Nature) currently own the rights to the program.

In April 2015, WWE announced that the program would be added to the WWE Network, making its premiere following the April 20 episode of WWE Raw. On July 24, 2015, Hulk Hogan was fired by the WWE and references to Hulk Hogan including Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling were removed from the WWE network.[5]

Characters[edit]

Hulk Hogan was the leader of the faces, or good guys; consisting of Junkyard Dog, Captain Lou Albano, André the Giant, Wendi Richter, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Hillbilly Jim, and Tito Santana. Rowdy Roddy Piper was the leader of the heels, or bad guys; consisting of The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, The Fabulous Moolah, Big John Studd, and Mr. Fuji. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and "Mean" Gene Okerlund appeared animated in a few episodes as well.

Music[edit]

The opening theme to Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling is "Hulk Hogan's Theme", composed by Jim Steinman. It was also used as Hogan's ring entrance theme, before being replaced with "Real American" by Rick Derringer. Steinman later reworked "Hulk Hogan's Theme" into "Ravishing", performed by Bonnie Tyler and featured on her 1986 album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire.

Episode list[edit]

Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling aired for 2 seasons beginning in 1985. Each episode was 30 minutes in length (including commercial breaks.) Some episodes contained one 30 minute title while other episodes contained two 15 minute titles. Over the two seasons, there were a total of 26 episodes with 39 titles.

Season 1 (1985)[edit]

Episode Number Title One Title Two Original Air Date Summary
1 The Junkyard 500 Junkenstein Sep 14, 1985 Junkyard Dog and Roddy Piper race to decide who gets to have their car be in a new movie; Junkyard Dog builds a robot out of spare parts in the junkyard.
2 The Four-Legged Pickpocket N/A Sep 14, 1985 A horse shows up and causes trouble for the wrestlers.
3 Clean Gene Andre's Giant Problem Sep 21, 1985 Hulk and friends decide to clean Mean Gene's new house for him; Andre tries to impress his visiting mother by pretending that he is a chef instead of a wrestler.
4 Gorilla My Dreams N/A Sep 28, 1985 The wrestlers have a costume party and a real gorilla shows up to rob the safe.
5 Cheaters Never Prosper Driving Me Crazy Sep 21, 1985 The Iron Sheik teaches his nephew's baseball team to cheat to win the Junior World Series; Iron Sheik has a difficult time passing his driving test.
6 The Wrestler's New Clothes A Lesson in Scouting Sep 28, 1985 Andre doesn't have anything to wear to Wendy's high school reunion so they use a tent to make him an outfit; Junkyard Dog, Wendi and Tito are leading a scout troop, but one of the members is Moolah's trouble making niece.
7 Hog Society Wrestling Roommates Oct 05, 1985 At his cousin's wedding to a rich man, Jim and his pig Lulubelle cause trouble with their hillbilly style; Captain Lou comes to stay with Hulk for a while, but his slobbish habits drive Hulk crazy.
8 Moolah's Ugly Salon Ballot Box Boneheads Oct 05, 1985 Moolah and Nikolai help out at a beauty salon; Hulk and his crew help an honest politician run against a corrupt mayor.
9 The Duke of Piperton Robin Hulk & His Merry Wrestlers Oct 12, 1985 Roddy Piper inherits a Scottish castle but a distant cousin challenges his claim and they must joust to decide a winner; Hulk Hogan imagines himself as Robin Hulk of Sherwood Forest.
10 Small But Mighty N/A Oct 12, 1985 When Jim's granny's miracle herbs get in the chili the wrestlers all transform into kids.
11 Rock 'n' Zombies N/A Oct 19, 1985 Bobby Heenan opens a new amusement park and the wrestlers scheme to get their name on it.
12 The Last Resort N/A Oct 26, 1985 Hulk and friends get invited to a new hotel but end up having to fill in for the staff that recently quit.
13 Bucket N/A Nov 09, 1985 An alien robot lands in the junkyard and the wrestlers rush to help him get back home before the government can get him.

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Season 2 (1986)[edit]

Episode Number Title One Title Two Original Air Date Summary
1 Ali Bano and the 40 Geeks N/A Sep 13, 1986 Wendy gives Captain Lou a magic lamp for his birthday but the genie can't do anything right.
2 Captain Lou's Crash Diet Muscle Madness Sep 13, 1986 Captain Lou has to lose 40 pounds in 10 days or he's out.
3 10 Little Wrestlers N/A Sep 20, 1986 Ten wrestlers, five from each side go on a cruise, but were kidnapped one by one.
4 Big John's Car Lot Big Top Boobs Sep 27, 1986 The bad guys take over the operations of Big John Studd's family car dealership; The wrestlers perform in a circus.
5 The Foster Wrestler N/A Oct 11, 1986 While in India the wrestlers discover that someone is stealing the supplies Tito Santana has been sending to his foster child.
6 Ballet Buffoons Battle of the Bands Oct 11, 1986 Nikolai's ballerina sister gets injured so he must replace her on stage; Hulk and Roddy Piper compete with their versions of music in a charity concert.
7 Amazons Just Wanna Have Fun N/A Sep 20, 1986 Mean Gene charters a private plane for the wrestlers and it crash lands in the jungle.
8 The Art of Wrestling The Blue Lagoons Oct 11, 1986 Hulk becomes a model for Wendy's art class; Hulk and Iron Sheik are marooned on an island and must work together to survive.
9 The Superfly Express N/A Sep 27, 1986 On a train to California, Superfly Snuka meets a new girl and she gets kidnapped.
10 Junkyard Dog's Junkyard Dog My Fair Wrestler Oct 04, 1986 After a break-in at the junkyard, JYD gets a dog for protection.
11 Ghost Wrestlers N/A Oct 04, 1986 An old wrestler comes to town looking for help getting rid of ghosts in his boarding house.
12 The Wrong Stuff N/A Oct 18, 1986 Hulk Hogan and Nikolai Volkoff are sent into space to rescue astronauts.
13 Rowdy Roddy Reforms Three Little Hulks Oct 18, 1986 Roddy Piper gets hypnotized and starts acting nice; Hulk's three nephews come to visit and cause trouble for him and his fellow wrestlers.

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Voices[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hulk Hogan's Rock 'N' Wrestling: Series Info". www.thetvdb.com. Retrieved 2018-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Hulk Hogan's Rock N' Wrestling Episode Guide -DiC Ent | Big Cartoon DataBase". Bcdb.com. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Wrestling Cartoon Puts Hold On Taste". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-24. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  5. ^ "Wwe Terminates Contract With Hulk Hogan; Wrestler Sorry He Used 'n-word'". Foxnews.com. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Watch Hulk Hogan's Rock 'N' Wrestling Season 1 Full Episodes". Ovguide.com. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  7. ^ "Watch Hulk Hogan's Rock 'N' Wrestling Season 2 Full Episodes". Ovguide.com. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 

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