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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    When you say other injuries may become more frequent with a padding, at what kind of fall are you thinking about?
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    And why not an absorbent coating around the dojo, as seen for example on the floor of children's playgrounds?
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    Rikishi Status Kyushu 2019 - current through Day 9

    I also find it hard to believe that a city of 1.6 million people in a country at the forefront of medicine like Japan cannot handle a case like this...
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Who will be Terutsuyoshi's opponent on day 15? Tomokaze? Mitakeumi? Abi? One of the "maybe 7-7" high maegashira?
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    Promotion Discussion thread - Natsu 2019

    What happened to Asashosakari's topic? And what surprises me even more, given the popularity of his signature topic: why doesn't anyone ask the question?! Did I miss something?
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    He's still going to be able to claim a Kabu, because he reached sanyaku once in 2014, if that's what you're worried about. Concerning his current state of form, isn't he dragging an old wound that doesn't heal?
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    GTB Natsu May 2019-invitation and final results

    Same bet
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    Retirees after Haru 2019

    He has only 29 sekitori basho, right? Did he benefit from the Hochiyama rule? (Guarantor: an active oyakata + the shisho + former holder) Looks like he fought hard to try to get this 30th tournament, for 3 years, but couldn't get back higher than ms8.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2019

    I may be wrong, but I think they create an extra Sekiwake or Komusubi spot only if a rikishi really deserves it (by the numbers), or if there is absolutly nobody to take his sanyaku spot . Here, it seems to me that neither of the two conditions is met for Mitakeumi to stay.
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    Juryo Digest Haru 2019 days 1 - 15

    Day 5 (uncut) is here
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2019

    What are the chances of Irodori geting promoted to Jūryō with a 6-1? Exactly 4 years ago, Ishiura became sekitori from the same position (ms6) with this result, in a basho where Tochinowaka intai'ed. (only 1 intai, not 2 though). Up to what rank a 4-3 is better than a 6-1 from ms6? Because this time, we could have Takanofuji at 4-3 (ms3) versus Irodori at 6-1 (ms6). One step further: what if they fight together for their last bout? Will the winner take the lead over the loser?
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    His knee is not looking good in this bout
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    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    When I said breaking the omerta, I was thinking about Takanoiwa & Takanohana. I'm not saying that they were actively pushed out. I simply note that they stepped out of line and, shortly after, they were taken out of the game.
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    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    I have the same bitter aftertaste. Obviously, it is legitimate for Takanoiwa to be punished because such acts are unacceptable. On the other hand, I notice that the two "insiders" who stick their necks out and broke the law of silence last year were quietly pushed out...
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    Satoyama Intai

    Satoyama has announced his intai after his last bout of Kyūshū basho 2018. As he remained in the paid ranks for 47 tournaments (and especially because he was one of my favorite wrestlers ), I think he deserves a dedicated topic! Looking back at his career, I was surprised to find that it was not as regular as I thought. He reached the top division fairly quiclky (for his 19th tournament), then stayed in the upper Jūryō/lower Makuuchi zone for around 2 years. He then suddenly droped directly from Makuuchi to Makushita (with 7 consecutive makekoshi, without injury it seems?) and was unable to come back to the salary ranks for nearly four years, going as low as Ms30. One could then expect, at best, that he would become an elevator rikishi between Makushita and Jūryō. However, it was at this time that he began his "2nd career" as a Jūryō mainstay, because he didn't drop back to Makushita for almost six consecutive years, with 4 more apparitions in Makuuchi. In the only tournament I've ever attended (Kyūshū 2015 Day 2), I gathered courage to shout in an ostensible way the names of my two favorite wrestlers from my 4th rank Tamari seat - Satoyama and Harumafuji - shortly before the start of their bout. I feel a little lonely right now (below) During Kyūshū 2015 Day 2