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  1. Rainoyama

    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2019

    Shodai has been really frustrating to say the least. He looked really good at first until he reached sanyaku exactly two years ago ( Hatsu 2017 - Sekiwake west 7-8 ) and has been mediocre since but still good enough to stay close to the top ( 6 basho at M3 or M4, only three basho under M4 - two M5 and one M7) banzuke luck helping sometimes. He has been unable to return to sanyaku since he dropped from Komusubi (Haru 2017). He trains with top guys all the time but is losing a lot. I can't tell know what is the issue with him, is it lack of confidence, is it his weak tachi ai, is it because we hyped him too much and he actually reached his ceiling ? I'm still hoping he may get his act together someday, maybe he'll be better once a few more of the top guys retire, but maybe he just can't be better than this.
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    That's tough on Takakeisho, and he'll be Sekiwake west next basho probably since Tamawashi got the Yusho...
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    Hatsu 2019 Sansho

    The tweet confirms it: Shukun-sho : Mitakeumi, Tamawashi (if yusho), Takakeisho (if yusho) Kanto-sho : Tamawashi Gino-sho : Takakeisho
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Surely they'll promote him if he gets that 33rd win, he'd deserve it, he is not as popular as Mitakeumi yet but he is young and japanese, Kisenosato just retired and a lot of the top guys are struggling his promotion would do a lot of good imo.
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Agreed ! Kintamayama said it in one of his videos (day 6- Takakeisho's loss to Tochiozan), his weakness right now is that he can't do much when the fight becomes a belt batlle, and I think Takakeisho knows that well. He uses his low size and his moving up and down attack to maintain the distance and keep his momentum. I think he has room for improvement on the belt for sure but he his quite small and has very short arms so will it be enough to get good at it ? Surely he can become good enough to save his life on the belt when plan A doesn't work but I don't really think his body is made to be a viable yotsu guy. We'll see !
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Takakeisho has a bright future, he is still 22 made his makuuchi debut 13 basho ago, 9 (including the honbasho) of the 13 were 9+ wins kk, only 4 mk when reaching a wall, he has been M1 or higher in 6 of the 13 basho, and has a yusho, aJun-Yusho, 3 Shukun-Sho, 2 Kanto-Sho, 3 Kinboshi so far under his belt. I think he is one of the best japanese hopes in a while. If he doesn't manage to become Ozeki this time, I'm sure he'll manage to soon enough.
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Aha true, he beat three Ozekis so it's not like he didn't get any but that might be why !
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Anyone else finding it weird that Hokutofuji (M2W) gets Endo (M9W) tomorow ?
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    That's good to hear, too many injuries lately !
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    Kisenosato intai

    I'll never forget his second yusho and his 10-5 come back, sadly he wasn't the same after the injury. Great champion.
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    Kisenosato intai

    Links to a few articles in japanese : Yomiuri https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/sumo/20190116-OYT1T50038.html?from=ytop_top Asahi : https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASM1G5VYCM1GUTQP01C.html?iref=comtop_8_01 Mainichi : https://mainichi.jp/articles/20190116/k00/00m/050/030000c
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    Kisenosato intai

    Kisenosato retires according to Yomiuri shinbun, no article yet just a read headline for now.
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    Hakuhou injured-Kyushu crisis looms

    That's not a good news for him indeed, he'll miss Kyushu for sure and probably a few more after too. He is in no rush to come back and knee injuries are nothing to mess around with, especially at his age. Hakuhou is not young anymore so he has to be careful and let it heal completely and properly if he doesn't want it to end his career in a way he didn't chose to. In his Yusho speach he talked about injuries being a factor for the rest of his career so I think he knows.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2018

    Nishikigi, Ryuden, Takanoiwa will be up quite a lot yoshi is just behind
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Aki 2018

    With so many MK in the Jo-i zone, they'll have to go quite deep down the ranks to find guys to promote. Myogiryu M5E (8-7) is the first obvious choice but then it's Tochiozan M7w (8-7), Hokutofuji M9e (9-6) and they would need to go even deeper than that to find more so maybe they'll be kind to some of the guys with bad records at the top though I can't really see to who. In addition to Ishiura, and Kyokutaisei, Kotoyuki (6-9) with a loss today is going down to Juryo it seems, Arawashi J1e (8-7) is the obvious replacement, Meisei and Daiamami are going up with him. I think Chiyomaru despite being Kyujo today is going to be safe with 6 wins as Yago lost today and 8-7 doesn't seem enough to force the promotion. Yago and Daishoho are likely going to be J1e and J1w.