Robot sumo wrestling is all the fun of the original without the man diapers

Sumo wrestling features two gigantic humans sweating, grunting and trying to push each other out of a small-ish circle. The traditional Japanese sport is amazing to watch, but it’s a hard sell when trying to describe. Add the traditional attire, the ‘mawashi,’ which is essentially a giant diaper that never gets washed (sumo wrestlers believe you can wash away experience) and you’ll start to see a problem when trying to un-ironically recruit friends to watch a match. Take the same strategy and apply it to spastic little robots and it becomes must-watch television. Unlike BattleBots — where robots are led into battle by human nerds with controllers — these spazzy little robots are entirely automated. They’re also ingeniously crafted with extending arms, battering rams, mechanical lifts and clever artificial…


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