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Interesting that despite their popularity among the Japanese, neither of the Taka/Waka Hanada guys have been mentioned here.

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41 minutes ago, Asojima said:

Interesting that despite their popularity among the Japanese, neither of the Taka/Waka Hanada guys have been mentioned here.

I thought that strange as well. For my part, I am not a huge fan of Takanohana for some reason. He just never really grabbed my attention the way that other past Yokozuna have, and I was always more a fan of Akebono which I’m sure plays into it somehow.
 

In fact, dare I say that I prefer Wakanohana? I remember a couple of his matches fondly. But I admit that it has been some time since I last revisited Taka’s career. Time to watch some old matches of his to see if my opinion has changed.

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25 minutes ago, Chanko Thief said:

I thought that strange as well. For my part, I am not a huge fan of Takanohana for some reason. He just never really grabbed my attention the way that other past Yokozuna have, and I was always more a fan of Akebono which I’m sure plays into it somehow.
 

In fact, dare I say that I prefer Wakanohana? I remember a couple of his matches fondly. But I admit that it has been some time since I last revisited Taka’s career. Time to watch some old matches of his to see if my opinion has changed.

Here is a great video posted 2 months ago of all of Takanohana vs Asashoryu's bouts. 

 

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Great video of Takanohana vs Akebono bouts. 

 

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From a great new Youtube channel "Best of Sumo". 

 

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18 minutes ago, sumojoann said:

Great video of Takanohana vs Akebono bouts. 

 

Dug up what I think was their first meeting, in jonokuchi (not in the above vid).

 

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This is supposedly an updated video of the Takanohana vs Akebono bouts.  It was recently uploaded.  Parts 1 & 2 above were uploaded 7 years ago.  (I don't know what the differences might be). 

 

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11 hours ago, Yamanashi said:

I tried to bet my friends that you'd say Hakuho was the greatest yokozuna, but none of them would put up money against me.  Damn!

Haha, I mean that would not have been very smart on their part, I picked the name in honor of the Greatest, my favorite rikishi  :-D But it was worth a try I'm sure! 

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Consider how much the banzuke was in Takanohana and Wakanohana's favour for much of the mid-to-late 90s when Fujishima and Futagoyama stables merged, they went down as far as maegashira 8 or so to get opponents for Taka/Waka, whereas Akebono always had a much harder draw.  Musashimaru too, even though he had two high-ranking stablemates in Musoyama and Dejima.

In Wakanohana's case had he remained ozeki he would probably have been remembered in a better light, but his Yokozuna tenure was not exactly stellar.

 

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