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Does the requirement to have a topknot mean that a rikishi who grows sufficiently bald must retire?

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    Interesting question... I know of a Yokozuna who had to retire for exactly that reason, but that was almost a century ago.
    – dly
    Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 8:41

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It may be a little late to answer, but this man is what you were looking for:

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His name is Taikomaru Yutaka and his retirement ceremony was quite odd: no hair cutting, just some handshaking.

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