Shop, save, Sumo: Champion wrestlers to host show at Mall of America


Hundreds of stores, roller coasters, an aquarium – and sumo wrestling.

Yes, that's what you'll see this weekend in the Mall of America (MOA) rotunda, where three "World Sumo Champions" will hold court in two public shows, according to the mall.

MOA says the athletes – who come from Japan and Mongolia and weigh in at a combined 1,400 pounds – will demonstrate the rules, rituals and training of their sport and engage in real matches before mallgoers.

"Watch these Sumo Champions in action and you may even get the chance to push one of them!" the mall teases.

And possibly take some selfies, too.

The event guidelines indicate that guests with Mall of America wristbands (often used for the mall's Nickelodeon Universe rides and other attractions – click here for more information) can pose for photos with the sumo champs.

The wristbands are not required for those who simply want to watch the exhibition.

The guidelines also indicate autographs will not be allowed.

It's easy to see why people would want them, though, as these are some awfully big stars.

The Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal says one of the champions, Yama, weighs 600 pounds and claims to be the "heaviest human in Japanese history."

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