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  1. Chankomafuji

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    It should be clear enough that it is Ozumo that we are talking about, where one has to join a stable, unlike the amateur sumo. Maybe a better answer will you receive by oyakata who run stables with 2-5 rikishi, shockingly one such has a current Yokozuna in it. How do we as fans explain this, who would not want to grow up as a rikishi watching and training with a Yokozuna? Izutsu in an interview I read some time ago said plain and simple that it is hard to make children join a stable. Mind not the sarcasm in my "WWE post" above (I could not resist the thought of how many people would take it serious). The idea is adapting to modern day requirements. Few years ago one might not take a "violence prevention committee" serious, but it happened. Just like the rikishi adapt to oshi-zumo we too have to as viewers. Like it or not, times change.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I tried to be sarcastic but I should have hinted it better. The point is not who and why is watching but the question of who in the future are we to watch. It is the oyakata who say its hard to get people into sumo, not a random forum member.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    The Sumo Association has all the resources to organize sumo to look more like modern thing while still keeping the bout rules intact. It does not seem appealing to children, it looks old. Imagine if just out of nowhere they introduce dohyo entrance in a WWE style. Just imagine the hype when Hakuho enters the arena under the theme of the Undertaker, Enho with Shawn Michaels theme, Tamawashi as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Tochinohin as Triple H, Ichinojo as the Big Show and on and on ... and Endo, the people's champ, replacing the usual one-word lines with a The Rock style promo 20 years ago. Akebono took sumo to WWE but they did not NEED it. Someone has to bring WWE to sumo, the next generation needs it.
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    21 Aki 19, The Results

    1. B 2. A 3. A 4. B 5. B 6. A 7. B 8. A 9. A 10. B 11. A 12. A 13. A 14. B 15. B 16. B 17. A 18. A 19. B 20. B 21. A
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    21 Nagoya 19, The Results

    1. X 2. B 3. X 4. B 5. B 6. A 7. A 8. B 9. B10. A11. A12. B13. B14. B15. A16. B17. A18. B19. B20. A21. A
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    Natsu basho 2019 discussions [SPOILERS]

    I wish the zealous sumo fans who decided to make a petition to the Japan Sumo Federation (posted earlier in the comments) against the judges decision could also include that here in the forum we have very good candidates for shimpan. Ones that do not take the incredible 5 minutes to judge this most obvious situation from the Tochinoshin - Asanoyama bout ... And noteworthy, our candidates will certainly not be a reason for political, religious and geostrategic problems that the likes of Onomatsu create ...
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    21 Natsu 19, The Results

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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2019

    Some of the things uglier than Takakeisho's sumo are "fans" praising and "cheering" for different rikishi every basho, the constant during-basho jinx attempts and the "good bout" comment that translates "f*ck I wanted him to lose". There should be a special topic called something like "Who we will cheer for during the Haru basho 2022". Top contenders - Naya, Hoshoryu and Roga. Who wins the vote? I'tell you, but you dont tell anyone! The one that had better score during the Kyushu basho couple of months before that. But no worries, there will be a new vote for the Hatsu 2022 with different results, as the scores will be different! The King is dead, long live the King sumo version. As for "the power to be", they have every right to demand one more consistency check, which was pretty much what they explained. What Takakeisho proved or not it is too early to say. A good proof is Tochinoshin, who you "cheered" for couple of months last year, somehow ignoring the fact that the later has been doing sumo for over a decade. Few here named him the next Yokozuna. One even said, if he was healthy he would "lift Kakuryu like the good old times" (!). In sumo the numbers speak. There is no bullcrap talks. That is how the banzuke works - one wins, he gets promoted. No matter if me, you or anyone else likes the rikishi or not.
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    Abema TV all sumo live

    I second that. Abema became very enjoyable for me as someone who too prefers Japanese commentary. This is the song -
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    21 Har Har 19, The Results

    1. B2. A3. A 4. X 5. A6. B7. X 8. A 9. A10. A11. A 12. A 13. A14. A15. A 16. A 17. A 18. B 19. A 20. B 21. A
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    TORCHBEARER 2019: invitation, rules, and your picks

    Tomokaze, J5e
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    21 Hatsu 19, The Results

    1 A2 A3 B4 A5 B6 A7 A8 B9 A10 A11 A12 A13 B14 A15 A16 A17 B18 A19 A20 B21 B
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    Aki jungyo 2018

    He's a long time sumo fan providing commentary since about January this year. And because of the good feedback on his early videos he keeps on doing it and gains deserved popularity. Some of the reasons for this are that he is trying to be unbiased (I say trying, because there is always some bias in sumo) and above all he actually speaks English.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    It is a worthy reminder to the all-knowing community that after the so Yokozuna unworthy dame oshi that Hakuho (who must be punished and forced to retire, become a monk and erase him from sumo history, ) did to Ichinojo, the later won his 5 last bouts in a row to secure his bare 8-7 kachikoshi.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    The only official thing right now are the secret (or not so much) jinx hopes of the many who were ready to explode the comment section praising the 2nd Tochinoshin win over Hakuho.