Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling
|Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling|
|Developed by||Jeffrey Scott|
|Voices of||Brad Garrett
|Theme music composer||Jim Steinman|
|Opening theme||Hulk Hogan's Theme|
|Ending theme||Hulk Hogan's Theme|
|Country of origin||United States
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||DIC Entertainment
|Original release||September 14, 1985 – December 6, 1986|
Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling is an French-American animated television series that originally aired on CBS Saturday mornings from September 14, 1985 to December 6, 1986, with reruns airing until June 27, 1987.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and "Mean" Gene Okerlund appeared animated in a few episodes as well.
The theme to Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling is "Hulk Hogan's Theme" composed by Jim Steinman was adopted as Hogan's entrance theme prior to "Real American" by the group Derringer. 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.
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)
|Episode Number||Title One||Title Two||Original Air Date|
|1||The Junkyard 500||Junkenstein||Sep 14, 1985|
|2||The Four-Legged Pickpocket||N/A||Sep 14, 1985|
|3||Clean Gene||Andre's Giant Problem||Sep 21, 1985|
|4||Gorilla My Dreams||N/A||Sep 28, 1985|
|5||Cheaters Never Prosper||Driving Me Crazy||Sep 21, 1985|
|6||The Wrestler's New Clothes||A Lesson in Scouting||Sep 28, 1985|
|7||Hog Society||Wrestling Roommates||Oct 05, 1985|
|8||Moolah's Ugly Salon||Ballot Box Boneheads||Oct 05, 1985|
|9||The Duke of Piperton||Robin Hulk & His Merry Wrestlers||Oct 12, 1985|
|10||Small But Mighty||N/A||Oct 12, 1985|
|11||Rock 'n' Zombies||N/A||Oct 19, 1985|
|12||The Last Resort||N/A||Oct 26, 1985|
|13||Bucket||N/A||Nov 09, 1985|
Season 2 (1986)
|Episode Number||Title One||Title Two||Original Air Date|
|1||Ali Bano and the 40 Geeks||N/A||Sep 13, 1986|
|2||Captain Lou's Crash Diet||Muscle Madness||Sep 13, 1986|
|3||10 Little Wrestlers||N/A||Sep 20, 1986|
|4||Big John's Car Lot||Big Top Boobs||Sep 27, 1986|
|5||The Foster Wrestler||N/A||Oct 11, 1986|
|6||Ballet Buffoons||Battle of the Bands||Oct 11, 1986|
|7||Amazons Just Wanna Have Fun||N/A||Sep 20, 1986|
|8||The Art of Wrestling||The Blue Lagoons||Oct 11, 1986|
|9||The Superfly Express||N/A||Sep 27, 1986|
|10||Junkyard Dog's Junkyard Dog||My Fair Wrestler||Oct 04, 1986|
|11||Ghost Wrestlers||N/A||Oct 04, 1986|
|12||The Wrong Stuff||N/A||Oct 18, 1986|
|13||Rowdy Roddy Reforms||Three Little Hulks||Oct 18, 1986|
- Brad Garrett - Hulk Hogan
- Charlie Adler - Rowdy Roddy Piper
- Lewis Arquette - Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
- James Avery - Junkyard Dog
- Jodi Carlisle - Wendi Richter, The Fabulous Moolah
- George DiCenzo - Captain Lou Albano
- Ron Feinberg - André the Giant
- Pat Fraley - Hillbilly Jim
- Ron Gans - Nikolai Volkoff
- Ernest Harada - Mr. Fuji
- Aron Kincaid - The Iron Sheik
- Chuck Licini - Big John Studd
- Joey Pento - Tito Santana
- Neil Ross - Mean Gene Okerlund
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