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Looks like its going to be another messy basho again from the walking wounded aka Ikioi.

Very worried about him...

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38 minutes ago, Akōgyokuseki said:

Looks like its going to be another messy basho again from the walking wounded aka Ikioi.

Very worried about him...

He was limping before the bout but put up a decent fight before losing.  

Yago beat Shimanoumi.  I didn't see that. 

Enho ... what can you say about the little guy?  Good win!

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Just checked the results having been at Disneyland all day. Can anyone say how convincing Tochinoshin looked in his win? Really hoping he can hit those 10 wins. How about Takayasu? Another slow start for him.

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Entertaining first day despite a few bad tachi ai start.

Takakeisho looked very good for his first bout as a new Ozeki, hopefully he can keep this up !

Still very early but I think Kakuryu and Goeido are the ones to beat from what I've seen today.

Tochinoshin looks good, I think he can get the 10 wins he needs.

Takayasu and Ichinojo disappointing.

Good start for little guy Enho and I think Shodai Asanoyama and Onosho will bounce back from last basho.

Cannot wait to see how this first basho of the new Reiwa era unfolds ! I love this sport so much !

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1 minute ago, Eikokurai said:

Just checked the results having been at Disneyland all day. Can anyone say how convincing Tochinoshin looked in his win? Really hoping he can hit those 10 wins. How about Takayasu? Another slow start for him.

Nervous tachi-ai from tochi/chiyotairyu, Chiyotairyu had no momentum, Tochi got a morozashi and lifted chiyotairyu's 198 kilos from the ground and out.

Takayasu was blown away in an instant at the tachi ai. Kotoshogiku all the way.

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12 minutes ago, Rainoyama said:

Takayasu was blown away in an instant at the tachi ai.

As was Endo.

Impressive and decisive debut for our shin-ozeki.

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Wow Tochi looked like his old self from a year ago. When he has enough power to lift up 198kg like it was nothing then watch out. Hopefully he can stay healthy throughout and get his 10+ W.

Takakeisho handled Endo as expected with his brand of sumo which is too much for guys like Endo to handle. 

Ichinojo surprised me in a bad way, he looked like he gave up too easy. Maybe his back is acting up again?? 

I kinda expected troubles for Takayasu in this basho. Kotoshogiku was impressive but I won´t be surprised if Takayasu goes kadoban. 

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Aoiyama nearly took Tamawashi's head off. 

And note: Onosho won on the belt...

Edit - it was listed as Oshidashi but he had a hand on the mawashi

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Wow, I felt that harite Aoiyama landed on Tamawashi here in England!

I was very impressed with Enho's makuuchi debut; a no-tricks yori kiri on a bloke twice his size!

Tochinoshin's bout with Chiyomaru was also impressive, but I wish he wouldn't lift them right up in the air like that. It can't do that knackered knee of his any good at all. All he needs is to lift enough for them to lose traction...

How was Shodai's kimarite a yori kiri (frontal force out) when he actually bumped Meisei out sideways with his arse? Reminded me of the old Joe Tex song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWNJwSJh_WY).

Kakuryu is looking like a yokozuna again. Mitakeumi had nothing...

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Is Tochinoshin back? Chiyotairyu is one of the heaviest guys in makuuchi and he lifted him like it was nothing. Feels very similar to his Ozeki run form and if he can hold that for the entire basho he's definitely going to be a candidate for the yusho and should at least be expected to get his Ozeki rank back. 

Even if Tochinoshin can hold the form I'm still picking Kakuryu as the early frontrunner. He looked super steady and should by all means only have trouble with a handful of guys.

Enho's win might just be the highlight of day 1 though. Feels like everyone just wants him to succeed.

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Wow... The boys bringing it on day 1. Nice wins by Toyonoshima, Enho and Terutsuyoshi. Nice upset by Kotoshugiku. Kakuryu and Goedo looked good. Ichinojo moving backwards. Maybe a bad back but he did that alot in March. 

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3 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

Just checked the results having been at Disneyland all day. Can anyone say how convincing Tochinoshin looked in his win? Really hoping he can hit those 10 wins. How about Takayasu? Another slow start for him.

Tochinoshin: Old school dominant beast form, like from his Ozeki run. Imagine burly Chiyotairu helplessly kicking in the air while being lifted out from mid-dohyo and forced out. How’s that for a visual.  Takayaso got belly bumped out by a charging aggressive Kotoshogiku.

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Tochinoshin looked very good, strong. Hopefully he can keep it up long enough to get 10. Tamawashi, Ichinojo, Kaisei and Takayasu all looked out of it. Takakeisho looked good but Endo is a good opponent for him. Kakuryu looked solid but Mitakeumi didn't put up much of a fight. Onosho looked very good but he usually starts well.  Toynoshima looked very sprightly. 

Ikioi looked good considering his calf looks like a country ham. He moved around well but a poor tachi-ai.  Yutakayama still looks rough but won. He has enough to at least KK in Juryo I think.

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Fun day at the kkan. Even met a forum member. My seat was so up high in the bleachers my eyes went home before me. Atmosphere was fantastic as far as I could tell without much oxygen up there in the mountains. Tochinoshin, Enhou, Aoyama, Tskakeishou and Abi made me shout out loud. Yumitorishiki was awesome. The udon near the stadium was in the soup. Good weather. 

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I have to admit that Takayasu and Ichinojo did not do so well, especially Takayasu. I’m also cheering for Enho, as I am sure he will eventualy be the Mainoumi of the 2020’s. That win by Enho was masterful, using his small body to his advantage. I hope his success will last.

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It was like a 7th grade playground fight today. Nobody really seemed to want to start and didn't know what to do once they did!

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18 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

Just checked the results having been at Disneyland all day. Can anyone say how convincing Tochinoshin looked in his win? Really hoping he can hit those 10 wins. How about Takayasu? Another slow start for him.

IMO, he looked healthy and dispatched his opponent with ease.  It wasn't a blow out win but a convincing one.

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5 hours ago, Rocks said:

 

Ikioi looked good considering his calf looks like a country ham.

Agreed with everything except I thought Ikio looked bad (but not dead as in the last basho).  He was clearly hobbling before the match, started strong, but in the end it looks like his leg gave out.  Takagenji got lucky.  A healthy Ikio would have dispatched him quickly.

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Aoiyama my man one of his best opening bouts in ages! He looks a force to be reckoned with. Can he keep it up?

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37 minutes ago, Highway said:

Aoiyama my man one of his best opening bouts in ages! He looks a force to be reckoned with. Can he keep it up?

Yeah, probably not from the joi. My preliminary count has him at 20-61 against Sekiwake and above; the only Yokozuna he's ever beaten is Harumafuji (exception that proves the point!)  Guys that really know what they're doing seem to be able to get inside and send him packing.  Too bad, I also have a soft spot for the big lunk.

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10 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

Wow, I felt that harite Aoiyama landed on Tamawashi here in England!

I was very impressed with Enho's makuuchi debut; a no-tricks yori kiri on a bloke twice his size!

Tochinoshin's bout with Chiyomaru was also impressive, but I wish he wouldn't lift them right up in the air like that. It can't do that knackered knee of his any good at all. All he needs is to lift enough for them to lose traction...

How was Shodai's kimarite a yori kiri (frontal force out) when he actually bumped Meisei out sideways with his arse? Reminded me of the old Joe Tex song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWNJwSJh_WY).

Kakuryu is looking like a yokozuna again. Mitakeumi had nothing...

Loved seeing Tochinoshin looking strong, but I'm with you, as soon as he hoisted Chiyotairyu I was practically yelling at my monitor telling him to put the writhing dragon down. But I hope it was a good confidence boost for him. One of the worst things we've seen in him is when he doubts his body can put out the strength he needs from it. I'm hoping the day 1 bout was a good check in for him. 

Other highlight bout for me: Terutsuyoshi's win over Kotoeko. Fantastic move at the end to take it. 

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Tochinoshin wanted to send a message with that lift: he is back. 

Aoiyama must have hurt the palm of his hand, what a blast.

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Seriously, that Aoiyama slap upside Tamawashi’s head, though...

One for the ages.

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13 hours ago, Terukuni said:

I have to admit that Takayasu and Ichinojo did not do so well, especially Takayasu. I’m also cheering for Enho, as I am sure he will eventualy be the Mainoumi of the 2020’s. That win by Enho was masterful, using his small body to his advantage. I hope his success will last.

I expected a lot from Ichinojo after the stellar 14-1 show in the last basho.  Today?  He lost shamelessly.   Enho continues to impress & entertain.  He's a joy to watch.

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