Man, back in the day you could have an animated show about almost anything: a kitten crazy for fashion and accessories, a fictional crew of soldiers with uniforms that didn’t match, infant versions of farm animals under the care of a babysitter whose face you never saw, mutated turtles with the knowledge of martial arts, and even professional wrestlers. “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling” was an 1980’s animated show from DiC Entertainment that featured the wacky animated adventures of popular WWF stars from the time, including title character Hulk Hogan and his group of good-guy wrestlers fighting against a group of villain wrestlers led by “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
Rarely referenced, wrestling was simply a device to decide the good guys (faces) from the bad guys (heels). The wrestlers THEMSELVES appeared in the live-action segments of the show; however, they did not offer the voices for their animated counterparts. These were instead performed by professional voice actors (such as Brad Garrett of “Everybody Loves Raymond” voicing Hogan, and James Avery of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air voicing Junkyard Dog). 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, it meant that the production times were longer, resulting in the show failing to keep up with the WWF storylines. This resulted in certain wrestlers turning heel in regular WWF programming but remaining good guys on the cartoon and vice versa. The show even depicted Hogan as having a full head of hair, as opposed to the noticeably receding hairline he sported in the ring (which was actually contractually obligated that no other wrestler could criticize Hogan’s receding hairline in a promo/interview). Currently, the WWE retains the rights to the program, which had been priory released on VHS back in the late 1990’s, but the series has yet to have a offical re-release recently in modern-day formats (i.e., DVD, Blu-ray, digital distribution).