The Wrestling Episode is our cleverly-named feature wherein we watch non-wrestling shows with wrestling episodes and try to figure out what the hell’s going on in them. You’d be surprised how many there are. You can watch the episode on DailyMotion here. If you have any suggestions on shows that need to be featured in The Wrestling Episode, let us know in our comments section below.
I’ve Never Heard Of Ren & Stimpy. What Is It?
In 1989, kids network Nickelodeon approached subversive Canadian animator John Kricfalusi about creating a show. He pitched them three ideas, including a variety show with a live action host with animated shorts that parodied different genres of cartoons. Nickelodeon cherry-picked one aspect of the show they liked — a dog and cat duo Kricfalusi had created as a joke in the ’70s and had re-purposed here to make fun of “dog and cat” cartoons — and were like, “make us a dog and cat cartoon.”
In response, John K. created The Ren & Stimpy Show, a “Nicktoon” about a dog (Ren) and a cat (Stimpy) who entertained a Nick audience raised on corny game shows and failed TV shows from other countries by being as gross, dark, adult, sexual and violent as possible. The result was anarchic and extremely popular, setting the stage for other off-color ’90s animated hits like Beavis & Butthead and South Park.
What’s A ‘Nicktoon?’
An original cartoon created for Nickelodeon. The Ren & Stimpy Show was one of the original three Nicktoons, alongside Rugrats, a show the secret life of babies that unofficially provided the plot of every Pixar movie ever made, and Doug, a cartoon about how even more insufferable Caillou is going to be when he’s 11.
Not to be confused with Brocktoon.
And There’s A Wrestling Episode?
Yep, and it’s one of the best ever.
One of the reasons I love season 2’s ‘Mad Dog Hoek’ so much is because unlike nearly every other Wrestling Episode we’ll write about, there’s no plot. No build to the main characters wrestling, or backstory to set up the match. We just jump right in to Ren (“Mad Dog Hoek”) and Stimpy (“Killer Kadoogan”) as wrestlers, wrestling, despite (1) not seeming to understand how wrestling works, and (2) not wanting to do it.
They’re up against the “undisputed tag team cham-peens of the world,” the “Duo of Destruction,” the Lout Brothers, Lump and Loaf. They look like what would happen if Ryback formed a tag team with Additional Ryback.
This match is billed as the “Battle of the Century,” despite Stimpy not understanding that he’s about to participate in a wrestling match. He mentions to Ren that the Louts are big and mean and look like they want to hurt him, and Ren chihuahuasplains pro wrestling: “Don’t worry, Stimpy … this is all pretend. Nobody really gets hurt. The match is rigged. We can’t lose. We’re the good guys!”