BBCA sumo wrestling grand champion is alleged to have hit a fellow wrestler over the head with a beer bottle in a fresh scandal that has rocked the highly ceremonial sport. Nine-time grand champion Mongolian wrestler Harumafuji, 33, has apologised for “causing trouble”. The alleged victim, Takanoiwa, was hospitalised for several days, the Japan Sumo Association has said. Japanese media report the incident occurred during a drinking session. Sumo association officials told AFP news agency that exactly what happened remains unconfirmed. Takanoiwa, who is also Mongolian, is reported to have suffered a fractured skull. The 27-year-old is part of a so-called ‘stable’ led by Takanohana, a former grand champion who reported the incident to police, according to Kyodo news agency. Harumafuji and his stable master, Isegahama, were questioned by association executives on Tuesday. The grand champion apologised publicly but did not confirm the circumstances of the incident. “As for Takanoiwa’s injuries, I apologise deeply for causing trouble for stable master Takanohana, people affiliated with Takanohana stable, the Sumo Association and my stable master,” he told reporters. Weighing in at 137kg (300lb), Harumafuji is considered a relatively small sumo wrestler, and is lauded for his technique in the ring.
In Japan, a group of sumo wrestlers were out drinking together when one wrestler named Harumafuji cracked another sumo wrestler named Takanoiwa over the head with a beer bottle, and fractured his skull. Ouch. Sumo wrestling is a legitimate competition in Japan, but as an American wrestling fan, my first thought was “is this a work?” Is Harumafuji the dastardly heel? Was he trying to generate heat by taking out the face Takanoiwa, a fan favorite, by hitting him in the head with a gimmicked beer bottle like “Cowboy” James Storm?
Is that a shoot fractured skull? Or are we being worked? But as we know, sumo wrestling is legit, and an actual crime was committed here resulting in real injuries, Harumafuji should at least be charged with assault.