Saturday, June 4, 2016

Saturday Morning Memories: Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling

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Growing up a wrestling fan, you can imagine the excitement I felt in 1985 when it was announced Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and the Junkyard Dog would be joining the Saturday morning lineup on CBS. I was going into 7th grade and probably should have been outgrowing the cartoon phase of life, but reality check, I'm a 43 year old man with a collection of new Smurf toys, Simpsons t-shirts and wrestling pajamas...

Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling was only on two seasons, producing 25 episodes. The cartoons were cheesy like everything was in the 80s. The Hulkster and a handful of other WWF good guys would have misadventures with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and a group of bad guys. Women's wrestling was going through a rebirth at the time and Wendi Richter and The Fabulous Moolah were animated as well.

The series usually featured two shorts with a real life "skit" sandwiched in between. Years after it ended, I found it interesting to learn that Brad Garrett of Everybody Loves Raymond fame voiced Hogan and James Avery who played Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bell Air was the voice of JYD.

More than 30 years later, WWE has returned to the animation world with Camp WWE. I admit it's my new guilty pleasure. And eventually I'll check out the Scooby Doo and Flintstones crossovers with WWE Superstars too.

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