Sumo’s got a bit of an image problem these days. (Note we didn’t say “a huge problem”.) The cruelty taken by each young wrestler during their completely isolated training would bring defenders of Eight Belles and Barbaro to their feet in disgust. (Note we didn’t say “cruelty absorbed by the bodies of each young wrestler”.)
The caste system in sumo wrestling, combined with the violent nature of the sport, the cocoon-like existence of a sumo wrestler, and their attendant stardom in sumo-crazy Japan has led to abuse of young wards in various bizarre ways. Which leads us to this: one of the older sumo wrestlers just received a temporary paycut for attacking a younger wrestler with a ladle.