Aki and Nami might make for a promising Oyakata duo if they could get a stable of their own, although with the way Takanohana has been acting, that would probably only happen as a result of a violent split from Futagoyama. (In so far as something like that would actually be possible in Ozumo...) Is there precedence for oyakata establishing their own heya over the objections of their former shisho?
Lets hope Takanohana wont drive him away like Akinshima. . . but I dont have a good feeling watching Takanohana's demeanor at the interview.
I think it has happened quite a few times, but one I could immediately find something about was the establishment of the current Oshiogawa-beya, although the circumstances were somewhat different compared to Akinoshima/Takanohana. Those who actually followed sumo at that time might now more, but here is what I could find in an article written by Clyde Newton (although somewhat reformulated):
In 1974 Daikirin was on the verge of retirement and was further urged by Nishonoseki oyakata who was dying of leukemia and saw Daikirin as a possible successor. Daikirin finally retired in November of 1974, assuming the name Oshiogawa, and only a few months afterwards, the old oyakata died on March 28 1975. Soon thereafter Daikirin's main rival to succeed as stablemaster, Taiho, withdrew from contention.
The widow of the ex-oyakata though asked too much money for the toshiyori and stable buildings for Daikirin to afford, and instead a temporary oyakata, ex-Tokachiiwa, stepped in, and was the one to cut Daikirin's top knot in his May 1975 danpatsu-shiki.
In August 1975, Daikirin's junior stablemate Kongo announced his engagement to the late Nishonoseki's daughter, making it obvious that he would eventually take over the stable. Oshiogawa (Daikirin) then retaliated by unilaterally withdrawing from the stable on September 4, taking with him new Komusubi Aobajo, Maegashira Tenryu and fourteen other deshi.
Nishonoseki threatened to expel Oshiogawa and the sixteen rikishi from the heya and hence from Ozumo, but mediation efforts of Hanakago oyakata brought about a temporary solution, whereby Daikirin's men returned to Nishonoseki-beya until the end of the September tournament. A final compromise was enacted on October 6, 1975, whereby Daikirin was permitted to open Oshiogawa-beya, but with only 6 rikishi (excluding Maegashira Tenryu who stayed with Nishonoseki-beya).
It has happened before and something like it could happen again... It would be interesting with a new heya including Takanonami and Akinoshima as oyakatas
Edited by Yubiquitoyama, 11 May 2004 - 21:06.
Start a support group for pessimists? Nah, that would never work...