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Seiyashi last won the day on October 4 2021

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  1. Seiyashi

    Next Ozeki?

    Hoshoryu needs consistency, not weight. I have a niggling suspicion part of his problem in makuuchi is getting used to the potential of his current body, since he was considerably slimmer when he first debuted, and he probably has enough heft and momentum to pull off power oshi moves when the situation calls for it. Someone pointed out somewhere else that he just needs to get into the "win at all costs" mentality than the "win in a fancy way" mentality, since he gets disrupted too often trying to set up flashy looking stuff.
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    Next Ozeki?

    If we are talking purely about this year, then other than the ones mentioned in OP the only other realistic candidate is Kotoshoho and only if he has the year of his life. But considering between Kotoshogiku, Goeido, and Takayasu there were three years between promotions, that opens up the choices to those who are in juryo or just promoted, and will take a while to make it to makuuchi in late 2023/2024 to put together a run ending in 2025. That said, it's also difficult to predict the future trajectory of good toriteki, but if I had to bet, Mukainakano (will be in makushita next basho with a decent chance of storming through in 3 basho) and Atamifuji (who will be in juryo next basho) are the most likely prospects beyond existing sekitori.
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    Hatsu 2022 Promotion & Yusho blather

    I'd say there's a fairness argument that both J13's with a 6-9 should go down, which would have Tochimaru replacing Kotoyusho. The equivalent argument is that neither should go down, but keeping Chiyoarashi over Takakento seems more against precedent. Technically, with a somewhat borderline result, couldn't you argue that the J13w would go down while a J13e might just hang on at J14w? It's not like both went 5-10.
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    Hatsu 2022 Promotion & Yusho blather

    Worth pointing out that in that particular instance, based on historical precedent alone, everyone was expecting him to be a 3rd sekiwake rather than a 3rd komusubi. I guess it's safe to say that the current iteration of the banzuke committee is much more stingy with extra sanyaku slots if they have to create them, so I'd expect some hard luck amongst the joi maegashira if that happens.
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    Shodai needs a sports psychologist as well. Takakeisho is more or less alright but really needs to take care of his body; he is pretty much the epitome of the "kadoban only when injured" type of ozeki except he gets injured pretty often.
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    Hatsu 2022 Promotion & Yusho blather

    I wouldn't be so quick to damn him, since makuuchi is quite a bit different from juryo. But FWIW, to my eye his sumo is the worst looking of most of the hot young debutants (e.g. Hoshoryu, the two Kotos) so far, so I didn't quite understand why he was being spoken of as future sanyaku so quickly. He has an even bigger hill to scale than they do. Unfortunately another basho in juryo won't be the place to hone his skills against top flight competition.
  7. It seems that either way the prediction has been cut from Abema's segment this basho. We'll have to wait and see if it'll come back.
  8. Seiyashi

    Wakanohana's Death Note - Hatsu 2022

    Regrettably the poll has to be voided (or left in eternal limbo) because Abema seems to have ditched the Wakanohana prediction segment. We'll see if it comes back next time but I won't recreate the poll for each basho until it does.
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    Hatsu 2022 Promotion & Yusho blather

    Which isn't likely to happen at all since the shimpanbu have all but agreed to promote Mitakeumi, presenting the notification to the board: And so down Oho goes.
  10. Seiyashi

    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    Looks like I'm ceding it to @RabidJohn
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    Mitakeumi doesn't need Terunofuji out of the picture, he just needs to make sure that his loss to Terunofuji doesn't hurt his yusho chances (like the circumstances of today's bout) such that he ends with a D or better, or a sole JY one win behind Terunofuji. Terunofuji made his promotion even with a senshuraku loss to Hakuho, anyway. And, perversely, if Terunofuji is actually injured, then Mitakeumi benefits from Terunofuji being in the field - he's still a force to be reckoned with + he becomes easy pickings for Mitakeumi himself.
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    Just to be clear, I was entirely joking about Mitakeumi being #74, but in the extremely unlikely event that he does, you heard it here first...
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    At the rate that he is going Takakeisho might well be the Kaio of our times. Good enough to win yusho multiple times, bad enough health to never make it back to back, and will go kadoban repeatedly as a result too.
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    I wouldn't be surprised if he goes kyujo for March. The Next Yokozuna Mitakeumi, anyone?
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    Mitakeumi Ozeki Prospects

    If a special board meeting is being convened then the chances are pretty damn good, to be honest - at least 90% if not better. I suppose there is some chance there will be dissent but it's as good as in the bag.