INDUCTION: Gorilla My Dreams – Featuring Hulk Hogan as a COWBOY! YEEEE HAAAWWW!

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WWF, 1986

Unless you lived through the era, there is no way for you to understand just how gigantic a star Hulk Hogan was in the mid 1980s. I was never the biggest Hulkamaniac, but one of my fondest memories in all of wrestling history was being at a WWF house show in Cincinnati when Hogan came out. No idea who he was working that night, but I will never forget it being so loud and exciting as he came to the ring. I remember closing my eyes and just thinking, “I bet I will never forget this moment.”

RD of 2020 to Randy of 1986: “You are right. You won’t.”

Hogan was everywhere: talk shows, MTV, Entertainment Tonight, you name it. With this much fame, it made sense for the guy to get his own cartoon as pretty much anyone with notoriety was getting one at the time. Heck, the Rubik’s Cube got a cartoon!

Anyone remember this train wreck?

I mean, Hulk Hogan’s Rock n Wrestling cannot possibly this bad, right?


So today we are going to head back to Saturday morning in 1986 and watch an episode dubbed “Gorilla My Dreams.”

PRO TIP: Never say that your girlfriend/wife. Especially whilst rubbing her legs if she hasn’t shaved in a day or two.

Trust me, I speak from experience.

As we meet up with the Hulkster and friends, they are at a costume party. Junkyard Dog is a pirate, Captain Lou is a criminal, and Wendi Richter is…to be honest, I have no idea. I do know that Hogan is a cowboy, though. YEEEE HAW!

From the “things you never wanted to know” file, we also learn that Captain Lou walks around with turkey legs down his pants.

I could honestly have seen that happening in real life.

Andre the Giant is also here, and he is dressed up as a gorilla. Since as I had mentioned the show is entitled “Gorilla My Dreams”, I’m guessing that’s important. So Andre, tired of being around people (true to life from what the Brain told me), decides to leave the party and get some fresh air.

Moments later, a REAL gorilla shows up. Sadly, not Monsoon. Instead, this would be a primate brought to the party by bad guys waiting out in a truck, who are orchestrating his moves via a mind controlling necklace of some sort.

Who could be doing this? The show featured lots of heels from the wrestling ring, from Roddy Piper to Big John Studd to Sheik and Volkoff to Mr. Fuji to Fabulous Moolah. Even Bobby Heenan was on from time to time. Imagine my shock and dismay to learn the villains here are…

….just two random generic hoods.

I mean, sure, the one doesn’t have a nose but that don’t make him Voldemort.

Also disappointing would be the actual quality of animation on this here progrem.

I guess I shouldn’t complain anytime Hulk Hogan gets thrown into a wall by an ape, but it would be nice to see it animated just slightly better than that. Holy smokes.

Now you may be questioning who that fellow wearing a sombrero and a parka is. Think to the mid 80’s WWF and the answer would be clear.

Pedro Morales, shown here wrestling Fabulous Moolah for some reason.

Wait, no, my bad. The guy in the cartoon is Tito Santana.

Pretty sure that is Moolah in the picture above though. Looks just like her!

Back to our story as it were, as the cybernetically controlled chimp steals a priceless necklace. The nogoodniks command Congo to bring the necklace back to the truck, but he’s got other ideas…

…namely, hooking up with Wendi Richter. I never found Wendi to be particularly attractive, but even I have to believe she could do better.

Anyway, Wendi takes off Congo’s mind control gizmo, and he jumps out the window with the expensive bauble.

(And yes, I know somewhere Max Shreck is nodding my using this term. Hopefully with his woefully underrated son Chip by his side.)

The monkey gone, Andre comes back in and fingers immediately point at him having stolen the necklace. It’s a case of mistaken identity!


Eh, I’ll show myself out.

Hulk the Cowboy, Junkyard the Pirate, and Wendi the…Wendi, jump in Hulk’s speedster and start driving around town to find the real criminal, that no good dirty ape.

And sure enough they find him at the Golden Gate Bridge.

Wait a second…you’re telling me that the folks that made Rise of the Planet of the Apes got the idea for the big fight scene in that movie from THIS cartoon?

Seriously – it’s RIGHT THERE!

Heck, Hulk even climbs up the bridge after apes in the cartoon EXACTLY like in the movie.

Man, you learn something new every day.

Off to a boat we go next, with Congo running amok all over town.

You know what else is running amok?

More horrible animation, that’s what!

And if that wasn’t shoddy, enough, we go to the police station where Andre is fingerprinted. He smears some of the ink on his face and this is the result:

Like seriously, did they try at ALL on this show? That legit looks like the “artist” accidentally smeared some ink on the cell and just said, “Eh, no one will ever notice.” May have taken 35 years, but rest assured, someone did, buddy!

Somehow, Captain Lou and Tito also wind up in jail with Andre. Don’t ask me why, I ain’t going back to check.

I do know this, though: Captain Lou explains if they are in jail, they should start ACTING LIKE CRIMINALS. That seems to me to be a very bad idea. If anyone reading this winds up in the pokey, don’t do that.

One Fun with Tam segment on the show is enough.

BTW, could Tito possibly have a more gigantic sombrero on his head? It seems to grow larger with each passing scene!

We get it, cartoon. HE’S MEXICAN. No need to beat us over the cabeza about it.

Naturally the whole show leads to Congo grabbing Wendi and carrying her to the top of a skyscraper as the bad guys (wanting the necklace) and the good guys (wanting to save Wendi) follow in hot pursuit. A battle atop the building follows in which Wendi falls off the building.

No, really, she does. STOP DOUBTING ME.

But before you can say “Hulk Hogan on a Hang Glider” she is saved by…

…Hulk Hogan on a Hang Glider!

Somewhere, I hear Rachel McAdams scolding me. “RD, stop trying to make “Hulk Hogan on a Hang Glider” happen. It’s not going to happen.”

So the cartoon ends with the gorilla getting caught and taken to jail or the zoo or something. Don’t know, don’t really care. But of course, it’s not the actual gorilla that gets taken away in the paddy wagon, but Andre instead.

I honestly don’t know this show could get much more 80’s than that, unless they played Hulk’s original WWF theme music at full blast over the end credits.

Which of course they do.

No, it’s not Real American. That song was originally released for Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham, believe it or not. Can you imagine how awesome that video they did for the song with Hogan in it would have been if it had Captain Mike in there instead?

Because let me tell you, I CAN.

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36 Responses to "INDUCTION: Gorilla My Dreams – Featuring Hulk Hogan as a COWBOY! YEEEE HAAAWWW!"
  1. CP says:

    I have to say, a lot of these 80s cartoons have really aged poorly.

    I don’t know what was less believable: Hogan and the WWF faces as superheroes or Mr. T as coach of a gymnastics team on Mister T. And even there T voiced his character instead of a stand in like Brad Garrett.

  2. Cuthbert says:

    It was always an enjoyable cartoon. I liked it.

  3. Jimbolian says:

    No appearance by Gorilla Monsoon himself? Now this truly is a miscarriage of justice.

  4. Erich says:

    Why was Mr Burns hanging out with Andre and then a real gorilla?

  5. Sean Bateman says:

    That Gorillia Should have been called Marella

  6. John C says:

    Maybe Wendi Richter was trying to ape Cyndi Lauper with her attire. Sorry that might have been unappealing to some. What if WCW did the fake Sting angle but he dressed like a gorilla and swung on vines instead of coming down on the wire and not used a bat but he used a bunch of bananas.

  7. Brad Essex says:

    Wendi is a hula girl. Also tito sombrero so big it looked like a satellite dish.

  8. Gerard says:

    I dunno if it was true or baloney but heard a rumour a few years WWE wanted to do a remake of this cartoon..Sorta..the new series woulda been called what else….but….JOHN CENA’S RAP&WRESTLING!! Starring John Cena and friends/rivals when he was doing the whold doctor of thuganomics gimmick!! why lie i woulda watched it!!

  9. Bubbafan2 says:

    I have to admit…I used to watch this show occasionally on Saturday mornings, even though I only had a passing familiarity with wrestling at the time.
    Not surprisingly, this show is NOT what got me into watching pro wrestling. (That was the horrible Wrestlemania game on NES. Yes, I’m serious.)

  10. Alex says:

    Don’ tell me the only reason of this double induction is to sell those overpriced coasters that anybody with a printer can do!
    This cartoon was great in his era and brought more fans to the WWF but it’s been qualified twice as crap by this website…

    • RD Reynolds says:

      Actually THREE times. If you’re going to shame me, at least do your research.

      • Justin Tym says:

        What’s the other one? I only remember the induction for the series, not individual episodes…

    • RD Reynolds says:

      Also, I sincerely doubt “anyone with a printer” is printing on hard plastic which cannot be scratched, is light resistant, and then custom cutting. These ain’t paper in any way, shape, or form.

    • CP says:

      Oh, that dollar fifty per coaster is just such an expense…

    • WrongSideofthePond says:

      I would buy those “overpriced coasters” in a heartbeat, if not for the shipping costs to the UK (which, to be clear, I know are not RD’s fault…)

  11. Mr. Boing says:

    2 inductions in 1 week.. Thank you RD for getting me through my Pandemic. Honestly RD you are a saint. You and Jim Cornette are THE ONLY ONES getting me through COVID 19

  12. Mav says:

    I also thought that looked like Mr. Burns.

    Loved Captain Mike popping up at the end.

    And I don’t begrudge RD for trying to make a little money. As Gorilla Monsoon said, “If you’re in this business for any other reason than money, then you’re a damn fool.” RD has been cracking us all up for 20 years. Maintaining all of this is very expensive. Those coasters look hilarious. Don’t like them? Don’t buy ’em.

    • Alex says:

      Of course, he has all the rigths to make money with his website but it’s a pitty when an induction (double, triple?) is clearly done to sell a product.
      I’m a “crapper” since the beginning but I can’t help noticing the fall in quality (wrong match reviewed for the Cameron induction) during the last years and the change of mentality (mean WWE bashing).
      I’m still waiting for the first AEW induction for example…. Don’t you think Brandy and her pals are not worthy?
      Maybe I’m all wrong. I’m still coming once a week here and hopefullly it’s just me being negative.

      • RD Reynolds says:

        I am sorry that you feel our work has “fallen in quality.” Everyone is certainly entitled to their opinions and I feel bad for failing you at this level.

        As for AEW, they have a lot of stuff that is worthy of induction. The Nightmare Collective will be inducted in the future, I promise you that.

  13. C Boz says:

    If this was in the news, would it be covered by the Gorilla Press. Or since it is a fictional cartoon about wrestlers, would it be considered fake news?

    RD, I also will show myself the door.

    And keep sharing the love with Captain Mike comments.

  14. Ralphus says:

    Is it just me, or did all 80’s cartoon hoodlums with gorillas look the same? Same hat, same clothes, same faces, same everything! Maybe I’m just hoodlumist…

  15. Jackwagon says:

    “I mean, sure, the one doesn’t have a nose but that don’t make him Voldemort.”

    Well, of course not; they didn’t sign Voldemort until 2000!

  16. Plastic Diver Guy says:

    Thanks to this induction, I now know what happened at Hallowe’en Havoc ‘95. Giant fell off and was caught by Hogan on a hang glider. A monster hang glider.

  17. ThePWBPoster says:

    If I see Chico Santana’s sombrero get bigger one more time….

    Wait I mean Tito.

  18. The Angry Jobber says:

    That hang glider could have saved the “Mr America” gimmick

  19. Mike says:

    Thank you for this whimsical cartoon induction. I had seen the Hulk Hogan cartoon WAAAAAAAY before I ever became a fan of wrestling. Say what you like about the cartoon but it is sure helped make me watch WWF back in the day and was instrumental in becoming a fan.

    This cartoon has special memory for me as my Mother passed away after a heroic fight with cancer in March. Together we would watch this cartoon and so many others on those amazing 80’s Saturday mornings.

  20. CF says:

    Unfortunately: That was about as good as animation was able to be in the 1980s — ~6 frames/second, and *very* limited range of what could be done. If one has ever watched the “behind the scenes” for old Looney Tunes cartoon, and seen the “cheats” employed to cover for the limitations of animation back-when, well….

    As to “Hogan Is Everywhere”: I mainly remember him from his two guest appearances on _The A-Team_….

  21. John Marston says:

    Hi, question for RD. In Episode S1E4, Hulk Hogan has his trademark mustache in the first scene, but when Capt. Lou Albano shoots bananas into Hulk Hogan’s mouth we can clearly see Hogan’s mustache has disappeared. I mean, what are we to believe this is some sort of, uh, huh huh, magic mustache or something? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.

  22. Big G says:

    I got half way through this before I realized that it was not about Gorilla Monsoon. I kept waiting for Heenan to show up.

  23. Terrence says:

    I remember watching this show when I was a kid and thinking Moolah was a dude.

  24. Deepthroat Ghoul says:

    When Andre got taken away at the end of the episode, Hogan didn’t even bother going after him.

    No wonder Andre turned heel on that asshole.

  25. Felicity says:

    I still like “Rubik: The Amazing Cube.” But even I, a diehard 1980s cartoon defender and wrestling fan, can’t salvage “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ’n’ Wrestling.” I wanted to like it so much, but it just isn’t good. Neither the art nor the story is good enough.

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