Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling

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Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling
Genre Action
Comedy
Developed by Jeffrey Scott
Voices of Brad Garrett
Charles Adler
Lewis Arquette
James Avery
Jodi Carlisle
George DiCenzo
Ron Feinberg
Pat Fraley
Ron Gans
Aron Kincaid
Ernest Harada
Chuck Licini
Joey Pento
Neil Ross
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Producer(s) Jean Chalopin
Andy Heyward
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
Titan Sports
Distributor WWE DHX Media
Release
Original channel CBS
WWE Network (2015)
Original release September 14, 1985 – December 6, 1986

Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling is an American animated television series that originally aired on CBS Saturday mornings from September 14, 1985 to December 6, 1986,[1] with reruns airing until June 27, 1987.

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 Roddy Piper.[2] 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, they did not provide the voices for their animated counterparts. 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.

Comedian Brad Garrett provided the voice of Hogan, The "Hogan" voice was almost similar to Rodney Dangerfield.

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. Jimmy Snuka and Wendi Richter's likenesses were used throughout the series' run, despite both having left the WWF in mid-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) and the Cookie Jar Entertainment division of DHX Media (who own the rights to the DIC catalog) currently co-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. As of June 20 2015, only season one is available on the WWE network.

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.[3]

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.

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.

Even Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and "Mean" Gene Okerlund appeared animated in a few episodes.

Music[edit]

The theme to Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling is "Hulk Hogan's Theme" composed by Jim Steinman which was Hogan's entrance theme before "Real American" was adopted as Hogan's entrance theme. The vocal version of the song is called "Ravishing" which is sung by Bonnie Tyler and featured on her album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1 (1985)[edit]

  1. The Junkyard 500 / Junkenstein
  2. The Four Legged Pickpocket
  3. Clean Gene / André's Giant Problem
  4. Gorilla My Dreams
  5. Cheaters Never Prosper / Driving Me Crazy
  6. Small But Mighty
  7. The Wrestler's New Clothes / A Lesson in Scouting
  8. Rock 'N Zombies
  9. The Duke of Piperton / Robin Hulk & His Merry Wrestlers
  10. The Last Resort
  11. Hog Society / Wrestling Roommates
  12. Moolah's Ugly Salon / Ballot Box Boneheads
  13. Bucket

Season 2 (1986)[edit]

  1. Ali Bano and the 40 Geeks
  2. Captain Lou's Crash Diet
  3. Muscle Madness
  4. Big John's Car Lot
  5. Big Top Boobs
  6. Ballet Buffoons
  7. Battle of the Bands
  8. Amazons Just Wanna Have Fun
  9. The Art of Wrestling
  10. The Blue Lagoon
  11. The Superfly Express
  12. Junkyard Dog's Junkyard Dog
  13. My Fair Wrestler
  14. Ghost Wrestlers
  15. The Wrong Stuff
  16. Rowdy Roddy Reforms
  17. Three Little Hulks

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