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Kensho Standings (Nagoya 2004)

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For those interested, here are the Kensho standings. I will try and update this as often as possible during the basho.

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      17     935,000
Hakuho          9     495,000
Chiyotaikai     7     385,000
Tochiazuma      7     385,000
Kotomitsuki     7     385,000
Buyuzan         3     165,000
Kotonowaka      2     110,000
Kokkai          1      55,000
Shimotori       1      55,000
Otsukasa        1      55,000
Futeno          1      55,000

Asa has big numbers again, this time on the first day.

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The standings after Day 2...

Rikishi 
Edited by Zentoryu

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After Day 4...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      42   2,310,000
Tochiazuma     25   1,375,000
Takamisakari   14     770,000
Chiyotaikai    13     715,000
Hakuho          9     495,000
Kaio            8     440,000
Takekaze        7     385,000
Otsukasa        4     220,000
Iwakiyama       3     165,000
Kokkai          3     165,000
Buyuzan         3     165,000
Futeno          3     165,000

If the number of kensho placed on your bouts is an indication of popularity or prestige, Tochiazuma has certainly not lost either inspite of his recent abscences and his demotion. There has been an average of 6 kensho placed on each of his bouts thus far. Only the Yokozuna, Takamisakari (sumo's Mr. Popularity) and Ozeki Chiyotaikai are averaging more per bout.

There has been no shortage of kensho for the Makuuchi lesser lights either. Buyuzan, Futeno, and even Otsukasa have gotten in on the act.

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Didn't the Kyokai want to nudge the kensho buyers towards putting some on lower bouts? Looks like it might already be working...

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After Day 5....

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      49   2,695,000
Tochiazuma     25   1,375,000
Takamisakari   22   1,210,000
Chiyotaikai    17     935,000
Kokkai         10     550,000
Kaio            9     495,000
Hakuho          9     495,000
Kotomitsuki     7     385,000
Takekaze        7     385,000
Buyuzan         6     330,000

Someone in Nagoya likes Buyuzan. He's had kensho placed on at least 4 of his 5 bouts.

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Zentoryu,

Thanks for this information. I take it you get it from the japanese press which does the accumulation day by day?

Given the discussion about "kensho love" that was developing. I think it would be interesting to look at the kensho given for each match to work out where the love really is. That is reasonably easy in the first few days but may get a little confusing after a while.

What I mean is, the "kensho love" for two popular wrestlers (say Asa vs takamisakari) is obvious, but trying to work out which of the two is getting the love would be quite interesting. That is, which kensho sponsors are staying with which wrestlers throughout and which sponsors are just picking big matches to get their plug in?

Way too difficult to work out without detailed video analysis but it is food for thought.

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Zentoryu,

Thanks for this information. I take it you get it from the japanese press which does the accumulation day by day?

The info does indeed come from a Japanese source, namely Nikkan Sports.

They provide a list of the top 10 kensho winners in the basho, which is updated daily.

I don't read much Japanese, but I have become pretty good at recognizing the shikona of each rikishi in kanji. So it's a simple matter of translating the top 10 list every day.

Given the discussion about "kensho love" that was developing. I think it would be interesting to look at the kensho given for each match to work out where the love really is. That is reasonably easy in the first few days but may get a little confusing after a while.

It is hard to tell aside from the obvious ones.

But as I stated above, Buyuzan seems to a popular rikishi this basho. He's had kensho placed on almost all of his bouts.

Here's a list of all the total amount of kensho won this year by the rikishi currently in Makuuchi (the numbers are as of the start of the Nagoya tournament). Maybe something can be gleaned from it...

 
Edited by Zentoryu

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After Day 7....

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      74   4,070,000
Tochiazuma     43   2,365,000
Takamisakari   29   1,595,000
Chiyotaikai    25   1,375,000
Kaio           12     660,000
Kokkai         10     550,000
Buyuzan        10     550,000
Hakuho          9     495,000
Kyokutenho      8     440,000
Dejima          8     440,000
Takekaze        8     440,000

Dejima appears on the list for the first time thanks to his win over Takamisakari the other day.

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Tochiazuma 2,365,000

This will certainly help with the new stable as will Yoshiazuma's rise to Juryo in Sept.

Interesting that Kaio is nowhere near the top. Not out of defeat - out of lack of willing sponsors for his bouts I'd say.

Edited by Adachinoryu

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Interesting that Kaio is nowhere near the top.  Not out of defeat - out of lack of willing sponsors for his bouts I'd say.

Indeed! Only one kensho against Kyokushuzan yesterday and today two against Tamanoshima - where's his popularity gone? Or is he the first victim of the Kyokai's strive to spread the sponsors more evenly?

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Indeed! Only one kensho against Kyokushuzan yesterday and today two against Tamanoshima - where's his popularity gone? Or is he the first victim of the Kyokai's strive to spread the sponsors more evenly?

If "more evenly" means give everything to Asashoryu and Takamisakari, I'd say yes.

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After Day 8...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      89   4,895,000
Tochiazuma     51   2,805,000
Takamisakari   36   1,980,000
Chiyotaikai    31   1,705,000
Kaio           13     715,000
Buyuzan        12     660,000
Kokkai         10     550,000
Kotomitsuki     9     495,000
Hakuho          9     495,000
Kyokutenho      8     440,000
Dejima          8     440,000
Takekaze        8     440,000

Who'd have thought Buyuzan would be giving Kaio a run for his money?

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Who'd have thought Buyuzan would be giving Kaio a run for his money?

Even worse...who (among rikishi) would have thought that beating Buyuzan could prove more lucrative than beating Kaio? (Whatever above, it is funny...)

I just realized that Buuuuyuuuuuzan won 4 kensho against Otsukasa (of all people) on Day 7...the mind boggles.

Thanks for the continued updates! :-)

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After Day 8...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu      89   4,895,000
Tochiazuma     51   2,805,000
Takamisakari   36   1,980,000
Chiyotaikai    31   1,705,000
Kaio           13     715,000
Buyuzan        12     660,000
Kokkai         10     550,000
Kotomitsuki     9     495,000
Hakuho          9     495,000
Kyokutenho      8     440,000
Dejima          8     440,000
Takekaze        8     440,000

Who'd have thought Buyuzan would be giving Kaio a run for his money?

Well he is an Aichi man. Kotomitsuki is also up there but has only 3 wins so far of course.

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My surprise came more from the lack of Kensho being placed on Kaio's bouts.

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And here is the day 9 update...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu     100   5,500,000
Tochiazuma     51   2,805,000
Takamisakari   36   1,980,000
Chiyotaikai    33   1,815,000
Kaio           13     715,000
Musoyama       13     715,000
Buyuzan        13     715,000
Kokkai         10     550,000
Kotomitsuki     9     495,000
Hakuho          9     495,000

Shoryu reaches 100 on day 9, one more kensho than he had on day 9 of last basho.

Musoyama jumps into the top 10 thanks to the win over Tochiazuma.

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After Day 10...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu     111   6,105,000
Tochiazuma     62   3,410,000
Takamisakari   36   1,980,000
Chiyotaikai    33   1,815,000
Kaio           14     770,000
Buyuzan        14     770,000
Musoyama       13     715,000
Asasekiryu     12     660,000
Kokkai         10     550,000
Kotomitsuki     9     495,000
Hakuho          9     495,000

Buyuzan continues to keep pace with Kaio, while Asasekiryu found out first hand just how lucrative a win over Takamisakari can be.

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After Day 11...

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Edited by Zentoryu

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After Day 12...

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After Day 13...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu     129   7,095,000
Tochiazuma     79   4,345,000
Takamisakari   46   2,530,000
Chiyotaikai    37   2,035,000
Kaio           32   1,760,000
Wakanosato     23   1,265,000
Kotomitsuki    19   1,045,000
Hakuho         16     880,000
Buyuzan        15     825,000
Futeno         15     825,000

No less than 17 kensho were placed on the bout between Asashoryu and Musoyama.

Kotomitsuki earned 9 kensho for defeating Tochiazuma.

Kaio's win over Chiyotaikai finally started him moving up the kensho standings. It will be interesting to see how many kensho the sponsers place on his day 14 bout with Musoyama, given how little interest they've shown in Kaio's matches to this point.

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Heading into Senshuraku...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu     159   8,745,000
Tochiazuma     89   4,895,000
Takamisakari   55   3,025,000
Chiyotaikai    37   2,035,000
Kaio           33   1,815,000
Wakanosato     24   1,320,000
Kotomitsuki    19   1,045,000
Asasekiryu     19   1,045,000
Hakuho         16     880,000
Buyuzan        15     825,000
Futeno         15     825,000

Kaio's lack of popularity with the sponsers this basho was never more evident than on day 14 as his bout with fellow Ozeki Musoyama had only 1 kensho placed on it.

By comparison, the match between Hakuho and Asasekiryu had 7 kensho, Tochiazuma vs. Miyabiyama had 10, and the Yokozuna vs. Chiyotaikai had an incredible 30.

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the Yokozuna vs. Chiyotaikai had an incredible 30.

People keep putting money on this punk when he fights Asashoryu, and he keeps giving that money away. My dad is a teacher (college math). Most of his students (past and present) consider him the best teacher they ever had. I guess he really has some unique gift of teaching, which I seem to have inherited only a small part of. After today's bout he said that he needs to fly to Japan to teach Chiyotaikai personally how not to be a loser. And I said that it's too late, I reckon.

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And I said that it's too late, I reckon.

Never a truer word spoken by Q.

Tochiazuma's money will go a long long way to making Tamanoi a little bit of a better heya now. (as will Yoshiazuma making sekitori status today :-P )

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And the final numbers for this basho...

Rikishi         #         Yen
Asashoryu     193  10,615,000
Tochiazuma     89   4,895,000
Takamisakari   64   3,520,000
Chiyotaikai    37   2,035,000
Kaio           33   1,815,000
Wakanosato     24   1,320,000
Hakuho         23   1,265,000
Kotomitsuki    20   1,100,000
Asasekiryu     19   1,045,000
Buyuzan        18     990,000

Asashoryu vs. Kaio had 34 kensho banners.

Asa finishes the basho just 7 short of 200. It's only the second time this year he failed to reach that mark.

But he can console himself with the 10,000,000 yen extra he picked up for winning the Makuuchi Yusho, on top of the 10,615,000 for his kensho. (Blushing...)

Toyozakura will get a nifty 2,000,000 yen for his sansho prize.

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