We've been happy to look at the lighter side of sumo wrestling before, whether it be dominating arcade taiko games or skydiving with an official sumo referee, but when they step into the dohyō (土俵)--or sumo wrestling ring--it's time to throw down. And as this confrontation of battle-tested rikishi will show you, after all the ceremony and technique, two big guys going for the win can go anywhere.

Musashikuni Mamu and Tomisakae Ryutaro are the two rikishi featured in this bout, and it doesn't take things long to get started--or stop. As Tomisakae comes raging forward, Musashikuni receives him with flinging arms and Tomisakae ends up eating an elbow/forearm that immediately puts him on dream street. Tomisakae, through either will or just the effects of the knockout (it's the latter), comes to his feet and stumbles to his feet before going down again, and thankfully into the arms of those there to help.

For those that do not know, the strike itself is legal maneuver--Musashikuni is just swinging his arms to battle away strikes and get better positioning, but because it appears as an elbow strike some thought it might have been a cheap shot. This is simply what happens when two rikishi close distance so quickly and well, sumo wrestle.

More than the elbow K.O., some sumo fans have expressed disappointment in Tomisakae not being helped out sooner. This prompted salt being thrown into the ring. This is most notably done as a purification ritual and prayer for safety before the match, but in instances where a rikishi is injured, it may also be done for the same purification reasons.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.