Tiger Tanaka

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  1. Tiger Tanaka

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Another year of sumo in the books, how different things look from when I started watching in 2017! Glad to see the most healthy basho in quite a while. Only kyujo in the top division was non-health related and only Tochinoshin missed any days during the basho.
  2. Tiger Tanaka

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    2 thoughts and a question from Day 2 Terutsuyoshi looked like he was going for the Mankind (Mick Foley) piledriver on Ishiura, the way Mick used to grab the belt of his opponent. Were the shimpan going to call a monii on the Hoshoryu bout, then looked to their left and right and saw Takayasu and Takarafuji next and said "Nope, won't have time for that after this hour long bout coming up." Question: I noticed a fan in the upper right of the screen holding a framed portrait picture towards Mitakeumi and Takanosho during their match. Anyone know the story behind this?
  3. Tiger Tanaka

    Hakuho retires

    Maybe it's not a typo! Hakuho will press on to 50 yusho, while his evil twin doppelganger Hakuko retires and fades into the mist. Alas, we will never get the Hakuho vs Hakuko matchup, like the days of Undertaker vs Undertaker in the old WWF.
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    Hakuho retires

    At this point the GOAT has done it all, and about as good of an ending as you can have going out on a zensho. I was introudced to sumo towards the end of his prime era in January 2017, but still got to see so much magic from him, in addition to rewatching older classics. Thank you for all the incredible memories! The one last thing I was holding out hope for was a Hakuho vs. Hoshoryu, which would have had some serious intensity to it.
  5. Tiger Tanaka

    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Sorry if I missed this, but any news on if Terunofuji suffered any injury? That was a brutal kotenage pull twice and the angle on the second looked rough. Through the tunnel, Terunofuji was holding his right arm up a bit. Really hoping it was just a strong move with no physical impact to his elbow. Wishing Terunofuji some health luck for a rikishi who's body has been through so much already.
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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    It's just not fun to watch that style, while we don't know the real intent, it sure looks like Takagenji is just trying to cause some sort of facial injury, bloody nose, to get him off his game and away from him. Plenty of other ways (more effective as well) to do that without open hand strikes like that, though it worked effectively this time. I do like when Genji goes up against a Shohozan type (1-4 record against) who welcomes that type of thrusting slapfests. Wish he had a chance to face Yoshikaze in his prime as well, who would smile and thank him for the facial punishment while dishing out his own and escort him out of the ring. In other injury reaction, the moment you saw Takakeisho switch to an outside belt grip instead of pushing up off his tachiai, you knew something was wrong. Really unfortunate to see as he was really coming into great form last basho. Rest up and heal well Ozeki.
  7. Tiger Tanaka

    March basho 2021

    When is the last time a yusho winner in the sekitori ranks won with an absence? GANBATTE URA!!!!
  8. Tiger Tanaka

    March basho 2021

    Subtle difference I've noticed between the Hatsu basho and Haru is the length between matches. After all the COVID impacts in January and the depleted Makuuchi roster, it felt like an eternity between matches. I usually try to do some quick around the house errands between matches and find I don't have the time again and am running between matches to just put a few dishes away!!
  9. Tiger Tanaka

    Rikishi Status - 2021 Haru Basho

    Same here... was watching Day 2 action and taking in every moment of his dohyo-iri, wondering how many more I would get to see. Wishing him a recovery to be able to go a full 15 in May.
  10. Tiger Tanaka

    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Been a big fan of Daieisho for a while now and so thrilled to see him get a yusho. Love his combination of style and size. He's had a great run the last two years and would love to see him keep it going through 2021
  11. Tiger Tanaka

    Kotoshogiku retires

    In his last match, the crowd cheered a little louder than you would expect given the reduced crowd size during juryo matches. While I couldn't see on camera, I was wondering if he did the big back stretch one last time, does anyone know? My fondest memory of him is not from a match, but from when I visited Tokyo and watched the wrestlers walking into the kokugikan. There was a little boy who Kotoshogiku gave a handshake too and his trademark smile, talking to the little boy before entering the arena. Always seemed like a very genuine and friendly guy. Thanks for all the great memories and matches Kotoshogiku, what a great career!
  12. Tiger Tanaka

    Promotion/Demotion/Yusho Discussion Aki 2020

    I've always really liked Shodai, so am thrilled to see him get a yusho, and glad he gets the great achievement of reaching Ozeki status. I do worry if it's one basho too early. From 2017-2019, he had 6 kachikoshi vs 12 makekoshi. His sumo has clearly changed and he has been a different rikishi, strengthening his brand here in 2020. That being said, the long tenure of inconsistency does give me some pause as to how successful his Ozeki reign will be, especially if the Yokozuna return for one more run in 2021. It might have been a good mental test to give him a goal of 10 wins in November with the Yokozuna potentially in contention to see how his resolve is with a clear goal on the line to make the rank. Regardless, ganbatte Shodai and may you have a long and successful run!
  13. Tiger Tanaka

    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Day 5 would have been a good day to show someone new to sumo what the sport is all about. That Endo-Okonoumi match, WOW! Wide open race. Nice to see Onosho bounce back, but with his regular balance issues, I can't see him not literally slipping up 3-4 times over the course of the remaining 10 days. I do think we're in store for a 12-3 yusho, with the rare 11-4 yusho a plausibility with all the inter-sanyaku/joi bouts to come. That is... unless Ichinojo runs the table :)
  14. Tiger Tanaka

    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    Well that was a really great basho, congratulations to Terunofuji! The return of Sumo definitely provided some therapeutic tranquility over the 15 days of watching, so glad to have this beautiful sport back. Hoping everyone stays safe and we can have some more fun for September's basho.
  15. Tiger Tanaka

    This IS the July 2020 Basho thread!! Spoilers!!

    What a great basho for the return of sumo. So happy for Terunofuji's win today and that strength is just WOW. Great story for a rikishi who has gone through so much health trouble in the past few years.