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  1. Well I'll be damned. Tokoshoryu avoided the Playoff, beating Takakeisho fair, square and convincing, becoming the tied lowest ever Maegashira to win a top division title, the sole lowest in the Six Basho era and the only one ever to do so from the lowest West rank possible. Beating the remaining top ranker and the closest rival to the Yusho makes him deserving of the title, respect to him. While naming the sanyaku promotees I totally blanked on Shodai. I guess he will be promoted over Endo, if they don't decide to go with a third Sekiwake or a third Komusubi. Maybe they will put Shodai on Maegashira 1...we will see.
  2. The Tokoshoryu Yusho became very close to reality, when Shodai, like 4 other Rikishi before him in a row, fell to a tsukiotoshi. Shodai, despite looking to be a getting a grip at point, didn't get a hold of Tokoshoryu, who showed great movement. The result put the rank #17 Maegashira solely into the lead and guarantees him a Playoff in the final day tomorrow. In a very rare occurence, the schedule got altered a lot from the usual pattern of putting the two highest ranked rikishi who are still in the tournament (and haven't faced each other yet) against each other. So in a stunning turn of events, in our final match of the tournament, we'll get Takakeisho vs. Tokoshoryu. It might be for the Yusho, depending on Shodai to beat his rival Mitakeumi to keep some pressure on. Takakeisho himself dropped out of the race after a great bout with Asanoyama suprisingly going chest to chest, even looking to be winning, but fell victim to a Uwatenage. He can still play spoiler, though. Strongest candidate for Sanyaku should be Hokotufuji with 11 wins, who looked like a total ace aside from a three day spell (day 5-7). He will meet 10-4 Yutakayama. Since I expect two Komusubi spots to open up, I see Endo on Komusubi West, despite the slump he experienced after a really hot start. Kotoshogiku slowly but surely fizzling out is one of the stories I haven't mentioned yet. His landmark win today (No. 700 in Makuuchi) secured his stay for one more tournament, but despite fighting like a lion, you can clearly tell that there is not much of a path for him left to walk on the way as a rikishi. Excited for the final day!
  3. Agreed. There is a certain guy in Juryo who seems to be on his way back to the top division... It will be interesting to see what Terunofuji will do, he looks a little bit like that strong MFer that overpowered fools at the top of the Card a few years back named... Terunofuji. Seriously, if that man truly has recovered, it will be interesting to see how far he can go. He still has a few years ahead of him... Also, there is a promising Hoshoryu, Asashoryu's nephew, who seems to be on a slow, but quite steady progress. He is still a pretty lean fighter, but his throwing techniques are quality. Seems like a new guard of Mongolians is on the rise. Lots of interesting Japanese young Japanese kids aswell... Transistional period, and a very interesting one at that.
  4. @Death From Above I missed your thoughts regarding Shodai, so this is a belated response. I missed Shodai's initial rise to the top division, but he has been heralded as an amazingly talented Rikishi. He rose to the top division really fast, and got Sekiwake very early. He seemed to bounce back and forth between narrow kachi- and makekoshi in the upper Maegashira ranks in 2018 and 2019, then he went 3-12 last September. While I fully expected for him to bounce back, I didn't expect a tournament like this from Maegashira #4. Tokoshoryu is of course as baffling, but anomalies tend to occure in lower ranks. I don't know if there was a lower Yusho winner or if it is even possible since Makuuchi was limited to 42 Rikishi. Both leaders will face off tomorrow, which means one will definetly stay on top. I have to say I'm rooting for Shodai, I agree that Tokoshoryu should have faced at least higher Maegashira or junior sanyaku, at least both Leaders get a direct matchup tomorrow. Takakeisho is only one of the pace, although he is dependant on both slipping up at least once. Which means there is only the hope that he will get a Playoff, because of the direct encounter, and he will have to depend on somebody else to help him out. Takakeisho gets Asanoyama tomorrow and Goeido on senshuraku in what will probably be his final Ozeki Match. Speaking of Goeido, @John E. Dynamite, I can totally understand your sentiments. Goeido gets a lot of shit, but he had a lenghty run and when it seemed like he was due to drop from the rank, he found incredible strength and tenacity to hold on. He will probably give it a try for ten wins in March, but I can't really see him bounce back. He is going out on his shield, though. That fight against Asanoyama was great Ozeki Sumo (from both men) , he won't be a pushover for anyone in the two final days. I think the most fun is Enho getting another Kachikoshi when I was certain he would hit the glass ceiling. That little devil makes fantastic use of what he has to work with and turns what should be his opponents biggest advantage into his one quite often. What an emphatic win. We may see him against Kakuryu in March... Good thing for Sumo, what captivating fighter. @J.T. Thanks for the praise. I don't know much about the sport yet, even after three years of following closely. But the little I know I gladly share, and with a passion.
  5. A lot of Abi's popularity stems from him being a likeable young dude. His sumo is a little one-dimensional, but can be spectacular when he is able to execute his oshi attacks. There have been a few crazy tournaments during what has to be considered a transistional period in professional sumo, but this one takes the cake. Takakeisho would be the only somewhat normal winner at this point, everyone else is pretty much an upset. The sheer chance of us ending the first tournament of the new decade with a win by Shodai, who for all his talent and promise has never even seemed close to fulfilling his potential up until now is baffling. He is also joined at the top by the guy on the last possible rank on the banzuke with Tokoshoryu. There is still five more days to go, though and both will face opposition tomorrow they have negative head to head records against (Shodai v Daeisho 2-3 career head to head, Tokoshoryu v Aoiyama 3-5). Three guys lag one win behind (Takakeisho, Yutakayama, Kagayaki), three more two (Hokotufuji, Terutsuyoshi, Tochiozan). That's going to be a heated finish I expect a few eliminators.
  6. Mario Balotelli apparently got subbed on in the 74th, got yellow carded in the 80th for a Foul, and then got sent off in the 81st for complaining...sb got that "why always me?!" pic on standby? Gotta love that guy.
  7. I'm entirely convinced that Takayasu as off now is not even a candidate for eight wins to keep Sekiwake. He just doesn't seem to be able to use his left arm. Takakeisho, Shodai and Tokoshoryu are leading with a 7-1. Terutsuyoshi, Kagayaki and Endo are in pursuit with 6-2 scores. Since Shodai and Takakeisho square of tomorrow, one will guarateed to stay in the lead and get Kachikoshi tomorrow. Tokoshoryu has Tsurugoshi as opponent, which should be a win since that guy is basically too injured to walk properly.
  8. Yokozuna is a tough job despite the privileges, and it is very complicated in regards to losing records. Even an Ozeki has the simple, yet clear cut consequence to a losing record that is the danger of demotion. A Yokozuna will very likely feel the pressure of retirement after a Makekoshi. Dropping out is the way around it, since the rank is protected, but the usage of it is limited. Both Mongolian Yokozuna don't have too many continues left, I'd think. If there was another (preferrably Japanese) Yokozuna in the making, voices calling for them would probably be way louder right now. Hakuho and Kakuryu both are very likely not at 100%. Almost no rikishi is. They probably went in thinking they could perform like a Yokozuna and realised they underestimated their own lack of form (maybe even injury), and dropped out, mostly to save face. It has happened and still does.
  9. Sorry, just realised it didn't come accross nearly as sarcastic as it was meant to be.
  10. It was a perfect opportunity to impress on a new market and they blew it, heads had to roll. It was like farting at a business dinner, I assume.
  11. After four days, both Yokozuna are out of the tournament once more. It might be the beginning of the end for Kakuryu, who will be under a lot of pressure come March. Goeido is facing a serious danger of demotion, after a 1-3 start. Since he was 0-3 at first, he might draw some much needed confidence from yesterday's beautifully executed kubinage. Spotless 4-0 records: Hokotufuji, Shodai, Kagayaki and Terutsuyoshi. Hokotufuji got a fusensho (default win) because of Hakuho's withdrawal, but he also beat Kakuryu aswell as both Ozeki, Takakeisho and Goeido, in actual matches. Those 11 days are going to be very interesting.
  12. Two days in Hatsu 2020 and both Yokozuna have already lost to Endo. Hakuho's loss being the more spectacular one. I love this Sport! Edit: Madness continued with Kakuryu and Hakuho both dropping matches against Myogiryu and Hokotufuji. Hakuho has already dropped out of the tournament, not a good start to what he pronounced to be the final year of his career...
  13. I feel weird to admit it, but this flip-flop talk makes me remember the great footwear moments in Wrestling. My hands-down favourite is probably Funk getting chokeslammed out of his Tennis shoes. (Edit during Hell in a Cell between Taker and Mankind)
  14. Didn't Paul Orndorf wear flip-Flops while he beat up Vader?
  15. Ishiura got away with a violent outburst against junior stable member Hokaho. After a few heated Training bouts, both Rikishi exchanged fisticuffs for a bit. It happened in front of press and in the wake of quite a few forced retirements during the last few months because of violence scandal. Instead of being a minor interna affair, the incident became a pretty big public problem for Hakuho's student. The verdict is a month of 20% pay reduction for Ishiura, three months of 20% pay reduction for stable head Miyagino-oyakata. Both Ishiura and the junior Hokaho received stern warnings.
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