Conehead Sumo Wrestlers

1994: The Japan Sumo Association finally got around to banning the practice, apparently quite common among young sumo wrestlers, of implanting lumps of silicone beneath their scalp in order to meet the minimum height requirement of 5 feet 8 inches. The Association probably wouldn't have done anything if they hadn't become embarrassed by media reports of conehead wrestlers.

Before the silicone technique became popular, some wrestlers used to hit themselves on top of their head to raise large bumps before being measured.

Morristown Daily Record - July 13, 1994



Sumo wrestler Mainoumi, before and after scalp implant

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 27, 2017
Category: Sports, Wrestling, 1990s





Comments
We do know why a sumo wrestler is so large - Consume Mass Quantities!!
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 06/27/17 at 04:37 PM
Unfortunately, this means that innocent height-disadvantaged Sumo wrestlers will have to go back to back-alley noggin thumping to increase their height. Keep safe silicone injections legal!
Posted by RobK on 06/28/17 at 10:24 AM
And all this time, I thought coneheads were from France.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 06/28/17 at 11:06 AM