(Re)Animations: Hulk Hogan's Rock 'N Wrestling





Is there anything that Hulk-a-mania couldn't do back in the day? I mean amid a plethora of merchandise inspired by the Hulkster, which in turn made him a pop culture phenomenon, the WWF WWE even cashed in on a CBS cartoon series called Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling that awkwardly fused the mystery sleuthing of Scooby-Doo with the morality-laden heroics of Super-Friends.

Although this one came out before my time, the theme music alone is enough to get the fan blood flowing, all cheesiness aside. The cast was a literal Who's who of the wrestling roster at the time (late 1980s) and included Hogan (of course), The Great Moolah, Andre the Giant, Jimmy Snuka, Rowdy Piper, Junkyard Dog, Big John Studd, The Iron Sheik and many more. Just like in the ring, there were the good guys (babyfaces) and bad guys (heels) and the tension between the two sides often resulted in whatever hijinks ensued for any given episode.

Produced by animation giant DiC Entertainment (Inspector Gadget and The Real Ghostbusters), the show didn't fare well with fans and only lasted one and a half seasons as a result. Nonetheless, it's an interesting slice of nostalgia that unfortunately couldn't run off the fumes of Hogan's success alone and while it received a strong of VHS re-releases in the late 90s there's been no word on a DVD collector's set. I guess its true what they say: some things are just better left off dead.





2 comments:

  1. LOL, Yeah! I really liked watching this cartoon. I really don't remember many but I really enjoyed the comedic skits in between cartoons. The one thing I would complain about is....NO WRESTLING! Nothing took place in the ring, or at least in the episodes I remember.

  1. Strange Kid said...:

    Thank you! You'd think at least one episode would have something to do with wrestling... go figure, haha!

    I vaguely remember an episode where they fought zombies or something, haven't been able to find it though.

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