Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling
It featured animated adventures of popular World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment) stars from the time, including its title character Hulk Hogan and his group of wrestlers fighting against a group of villainous wrestlers led by "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
The show followed predictable 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.
Due to the show being animated, and the longer production times that resulted, the show 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. It also depicted Hogan as having a full head of hair, as opposed to the noticeably receding hairline he sported in the ring.
The series was produced by DIC Enterprises in association with the WWF. WWE retains the series copyright, with TV distribution now handled by WildBrain (formerly DHX Media, which acquired previous distributor Cookie Jar Entertainment in October 2012).
Live action segments
|Brad Garrett||Hulk Hogan|
|George DiCenzo||Capt. Lou Albano|
|James Avery||Junkyard Dog|
|Ron Feinberg||Andre the Giant|
|Jodi Carlisle||Wendi Richter|
|Ronald Gans||Nikolai Volkoff|
|Charlie Adler||"Rowdy" Roddy Piper|
|Ernest Harada||Mr. Fuji|
|Joey Pento||Tito Santana|
|Lewis Arquette||Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka|
|Pat Fraley||Hillbilly Jim|
|Chuck Licini||Big John Studd|
|Aron Kincaid||Iron Sheik|
|Neil Ross||Gene Okerlund|
|Season One||September 14, 1985||December 7, 1985||13|
|Season Two||September 13, 1986||December 6, 1986||13|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
There are no DVD releases for this show.