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  1. 6 hours ago, robnplunder said:




    4 hours ago, Fukuyamada said:

    It has to be Terunofuji. If someone was locked in tight against Hakuho with his favoured grip, and beat him, then Terunofuji is the answer.


    1 hour ago, rhyen said:



    3 hours ago, Taliesin said:

    Just for the laughs I will go with Shoudai.

    Tochinoshin. Muscled him out during his Ozeki run.



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  2. To ease off a bit, before things get going today - a little trivia (apologies if I´m boring/annoying you). Hakuho almost never lost when he had his left uwate grip. There is one riikishi left in Makuuchi who beat him when he had his favoured grip. it was also the last time. Guesses ? ::-)

  3. 8 minutes ago, Kashunowaka said:

    This is only the fourth time in the modern era that the leading result after day 8 is no better than 6-2. The previous three times the basho has been won with 13-2 (twice) and 12-3. The last time was when Shodai managed to win out in the second week to go 13-2. Somehow I very much doubt that anyone will be able to repeat that in this basho. But stranger things have happened, Tamawashi has even done it before. As it stands, I would happily take a 12-3 yusho, 11-4 in makuuchi is really meh.

    What´s more puzzling is that nobody in Sanyaku has more than five wins after eight days. I am almost certain that´s a first.

  4. 15 minutes ago, Hankegami said:

    I won't over-dramatise the situation, but I feel confused at the moment. Terunofuji won't last long (he can stand his own, but his suffering from oshi wrestlers in not good at all), and we don't have any valid substitute yet.

    IMHO it is impossible to overstate what Terunofuji achieved, coming back from those injuries to make the rank in the first place (there´s a poll on this very well informed forum about how far he´d make it back, and very few voted for Yokozuna).

    As for hopefuls I see none who will be able to, again, achieve the dominance we were "treated" to with Asa, Hakuho and Harumafuji, which is not the norm. But there are several who just need to make the next step.

    We are in a transitional period, which I enjoy to watch.

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  5. 20 minutes ago, Hankegami said:

     A successful Yokozuna would have gotten his rope before reaching 25 years old (Hakuho, Asashoryu, Takanohana, Akebono and so on).

    I respectfully disagree. Most Yokozuna have achieved that rank in the later half of their 20s or early 30s. Those referenced are all exceptions that come around in a generation, on average. 

    We were treated with exceptionally strong Yokozuna over the last 20 years, but nobody can expect a dai-Yokozuna every five years.

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  6. 1 hour ago, Leo C said:

    I was wondering the same thing. I was rooting for Hoshoryu before it started, but after this somewhat dumb display I found it quite funny when Takakeisho swatted him out of the dohyo with a slap basically.

    I think he did quite well, that was a very valuable experience for the up and coming star. He just learned the hard way to never forget about Takakeisho´s left paw. I don´t think he will fall for it again.

  7. On 28/04/2022 at 01:30, Godango said:

    This is so interesting, for a fair while now it's been apparent that Tochinoshin had lost his more muscular physique. You'd have to imagine a large part of this loss is muscle mass -- which to me indicates he's ditched the strength training to the level he was doing it during his ozeki run/tenure. Seems as clear an indication as any he's winding down.

    Though he is clearly not as strong as once was, to me it looks he has lost most of the weight around his waist.  My guess is he is trying to extend his career by reducing the pressure on what is left of his knee.

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  8. 4 hours ago, jsolo said:

    Terunofuji is absent from the tournament, the first time since he became the new yokozuna in the autumn tournaments of last year.

    God bless his stubbornness seems to have mellowed. The memory of his 2-13 basho as ozeki, when he was badly in jured, still makes me cringe.

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