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As @Brian Fowler pointed out in the "interesting Sports" threas, Sumo seems to be interesting enough to warrant its own thread. Us fans pretty much hijacked the thread during the last Basho. Of course, there are roughly six to eight week intervalls of more or less silence, but things get very crowded during the tournaments themselves. Therefore I agree that Sumo needs its own thread. Goals for this thread I would really like this thread to host a lively discussion during the big tournaments in Japan (January, March, May, July, September and November). There seem to be quite a few people who watch the matches on the different outlets and are interested in talking about results, crazy events, techniques. It would be cool to have this in here. Additionally and if some are interested, we can turn this into a thread were we talk about your own Individual fandom, Rikishi from the past, the sport's history and such. I have only scratched the surface on this wonderful (more than just a) sport, and I could imagine I'm not alone. It might be a good idea to gather Information, questions and such within this thread. I will add a few links which are good if you wish to follow Sumo, feel free to add whatever you know / like to have added. Last but not at all least, there are tons of funny, interesting and spectacular pictures out there with Rikishi and their various activities on and off the dohyo. Those can be collected / posted in here. I'd be very happy for everyone who'd like to join me in my quest to follow and understand Sumo better than I do now. Also, feel encouraged to add wishes, ideas and everything YOU want from this thread. I'm looking forward to discussing the Osaka basho in March 2019. Let's gambarize together! Weblinks Official Kiyokai Website (with English Option) : http://sumo.or.jp English Language Sumo Forum: http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/ Tachiai Sumo Blog: https://tachiai.org Sumo-Database (during Basho SPOILER ALERT): http://sumodb.sumogames.de Youtube Channels Chris Gould - insights, interview translations and statistics: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCIk5AQ47TYq8PQRoeM47LqQ Kintamayama - previews, reviews, digests of Makuuchi bouts: https://m.youtube.com/user/Kintamayama Natto Sumo - digest of Makuuchi matchdays: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCzZ8v5JF3IyxLWOCGKpcP0g Jason's All Sumo Channel: https://m.youtube.com/user/JasonsinJapan Sumo Paris (French) channel with lots Bashos and Fights of Yore: https://m.youtube.com/user/SumoParis
Cards out, all 3 nights listed here instead of splitting: The New Beginning in Sapporo Night 1 - 1/27 Hokkaido Prefecture Sports Center IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Minoru Suzuki (Suzuki-gun) CHAOS (Jay White, SHO & YOH) vs. The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) (Bullet Club) CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto & Gedo) vs. LIJ (SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI) CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Will Ospreay) vs. LIJ (Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi) Kota Ibushi, David Finlay & Juice Robinson vs. Bullet Club (Cody, Hangman Page & Marty Skrull) NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship: Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa) (c) vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, Toa Henare & Togi Makabe CHAOS (Toro Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) vs. Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens) KUSHIDA, Tiger Mask, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, Manabu Nakanishi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Suzuki-gun (TAKA Michinoku, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanamaru & Takeshi Iizuka) Kitamura Trial Series Match 2: Katsuya Kitamura vs. Michael Elgin The New Beginning in Sapporo Night 2 - 1/28 Hokkaido Prefecture Sports Center IWGP United States Championship: "The Cleaner" Kenny Omega (c) (Bullet Club) vs. "Switchblade" Jay White (CHAOS) IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) (c) (Bullet Club) vs. Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) (CHAOS) CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, Will Ospreay & Gedo) vs. LIJ (Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi, EVIL, SANADA & BUSHI) Kota Ibushi, Dave Finlay & KUSHIDA vs Bullet Club (Cody, Hangman Page & Marty Scrull) Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takeshi Iizuka) Togi Makabe, Toa Henare, Manabu Nakanishi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Tanga Roa & Chase Owens) CHAOS (Toro Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) vs. Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Leo Tonga) Jushin "Thunder" Liger, Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi & Shota Umino vs. Suzuki-gun (TAKA Michinoku, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi) Kitamura Trial Series Match 3:Katsuya Kitamura vs. Juice Robinson The New Beginning in Osaka 2018 - 2/10 - Edison Arena Osaka IWGP Heavyweight Championship: "Rainmaker" Kazuchika Okada (c) (CHAOS) vs. SANADA (LIJ) NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto (c) (CHAOS) vs. "King of Darkness" EVIL (LIJ) IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay (c) (CHAOS) vs. Hiromu Takahashi (LIJ) YOSHI-HASHI (CHAOS) vs. Tetsuya Naito (LIJ) Gedo (CHAOS) vs. BUSHI (LIJ) Toa Henare, Juice Robinson & Dave Finlay vs. CHAOS (Jay White, Toro Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) Michael Elgin, Togi Makabe, Ryusuku Tagushi & KUSHIDA vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Takeshi Iizuka, Taichi & TAKA Michinoku) Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) (CHAOS) vs. Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado) Kitamura Trial Series Match 4: Katsuya Kitamura vs. Yuji Nagata So much for Tanahashi taking time off, Jesus.
2/5 New Beginning in Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center Main Event: IWGP Heavyweight Championship "Rainmaker" Kazuchika Okada (CHAOS) (c) vs. Minoru Suzuki (Suzuki-gun) Semi-Final: IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 3-Way Match CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) (c) vs. Glory Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma) vs. Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) (Suzuki-gun) NEVER Openweight Championship Hirooki Goto (CHAOS) (c) vs. Juice Robinson IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Roppongi Vice (Trent Baretta & Rocky Romero) (CHAOS) (c) vs. Suzuki-Gun (Taichi & TAKA Michinoku) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Manubu Nakanishi, Michael Elgin, Ryusuke Taguchi & Dragon Lee vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA, & Hiromu Takahashi) Takashi Iizuka (Suzuki-gun) vs. YOSHI-HASHI (CHAOS) Jushin "Thunder" Liger, Tiger Mask IV, & Katsuyori Shibata vs. CHAOS (Will Ospreay, Jado, & Gedo) KUSHDA & Hirai Kawato vs. Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado) 2/11 New Beginning in Osaka, EDION Arena Main Event: IWGP Intercontinental Championship Tetsuya Naito (Los Ingobernables de Japon) (c) vs. "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin Semi Final: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship "Time Bomb" Hiromu Takahashi (L.I.J) (c) vs. Dragon Lee (CMLL) IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 3 Way Match * CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) (c) vs. Glory Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma) vs. Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) (Suzuki-gun) RPW British Heavyweight Championship ** Katsuyori Shibata (c) vs. Will Ospreay (CHAOS) NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship Hiroshi Tanahashi, Manabu Nakanishi, & Ryusuke Taguchi (c) vs. L.I.J (EVIL, SANADA, & BUSHI) CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Trent Baretta, & Rocky Romero) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, & TAKA Michinoku) CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, Jado & Gedo) vs. Juice Robinson, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, Tiger Mask IV, & Yuji Nagata Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & KUSHIDA vs. Suzuki-gun (Takashi Iizuka, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) David Finlay & Henare vs. Yoshitatsu & Hirai Kawato * Champions dependant on 2/5 match ** If Shibata is still champion. If not it will be a regular singles match.