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Nagoya Basho 2021

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38 minutes ago, Kintamayama said:

It seems we have a lot of Outsukasas now

Blasphemy! Otsukasa has been the next Yokozuna before Kyokushuho was even born!

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37 minutes ago, Kintamayama said:

I remember his kinboshi interview which was frigging incredible-he was babbling like a 14 year old after his first kiss. Someone probably has it somewhere.

Found it- May 2015  Day 10. Beat Harumafuji.  I even translated it back then.. Dreadful quality-we used to think it was not bad back then.

 

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On 08/07/2021 at 18:52, Kintamayama said:

I don't think anything got us ready for this- tomorrow, the showdown we've all been waiting for down in Sandanme- 8E Shuuji against 12E Shouji, both 0-2! I'm already sweating in anticipation.

Fans already lining up for tickets:

Day Two at the 2012 Outside Lands | KQED

I guess nobody else was excited about this. For the record, Shouji beat Shuuji by yorikiri.

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And yet another botched call by Nishikido after the Kitaharima-Ichiki mono-ii. Pathetic. :-S

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Looks like it's yorikiri day down in juryo.

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I say no torinaoshi in Enho vs Wakamotoharu was  a blown call. Enho got robbed.

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Some random comments day 7 makushita and juryo

Fujiazuma was in makuuchi since Nagoya 2011 until Haru 2014 except for one juryo basho. He even had 5 straight 8-7 in makuuchi then. If you remember his sumo well, you know sumo. It is quite easy to remember since it has always been the same kind of simple sumo. Push. He moved back to juryo in 5/14 after kyujo in 3/14 and had juryo yusho in 03/15 (12-3), came back to makuuchi for one basho with bad 3-12 result. Then he went away, no joy. Makushita called him in 11/16 and he went there. One juryo visit in 03/17 before longer stint in makushita. He managed to return to juryo in 7/20 and even had short rejuvenation doing really spirited and even strong sumo starting with 3-0 before fading and finishing with 6-9. Aki basho lost to covid and in 11/20 he continued his 25 bout losing streak losing first all 15 bouts in juryo, followed by 0-6 in makushita in 1/21 before beating another 0-6 rikishi. Feeble sumo in 03/21 and 5/21 and today at Ms32 he actually got hidariyotsu but was sukuinaged at the edge by Kototsubasa. Fujiazuma was considered a bit talented when he started his career. He has definitely done “jibun no sumo” all his life. No change.

 

I don’t remember ever seeing rikishi like Shishi (size wise) doing the kind of sumo where his head is not visible for so long. Buried his head somewhere in Hokutenkai’s chest or under armpit, had a nice grip but was still quite handily thrown by Mongolian Hokutenkai with uwatenage and didn’t look that strong earlier in the bout either. 1-3 but still chance for kachi koshi but seems to be well matched at this level now.

Tokisakae had clear tactics getting inside and working from there against Hokuseiho. Morozashi he got but still Hokuseiho manages these well with his reach and this time even broke the morozashi. Every single bout can be described the same way concerning this particular stance. Hokuseiho is strong enough to handle rikishi like Tokisakae whose power is not enough. Juryo debut in Aki will definitely be a big test for him.

Shiba is getting close to juryo promotion finally. He has been on the verge many times. Now good oshi  battle with shin-juryo Kotokuzan and beat him fairly. 3-1 at Ms2 losing only to Hokuseiho on day 1.

Abi did really strong sumo absorbing Daishoyama’s charge, reached for the belt and showed difference In power swinging him out. Abi does really sharp sumo now, even better than before his absence. Of course he is still only in juryo but has easy time there for now.

Don’t give Yago your mawashi or if you do, give it off the dohyo as a gift. Otherwise Yago is strong.

Mitoryu with his problematic back is strong but no agile. Slow reaction to Daishoho’s shift and was turning like a cargo ship. Bad sumo and 5-2.

Kotoshoho vs Sadanoumi had  a nice uwatenage vs shitatenage finish in the first bout resulting in torinaoshi In the rematch Kotosho went for oshi but was sidestepped slighty and finished his bout in his typical knees spread on all fours-manner. This is his speciality when losing like this. Kind of like Takanosho’s speciality is to lose a lot by stumbling on the ground, no matter what his opponent really does (so it seems).

Enho’s body has seen a lot of awkward positions in sumo. Durability tests one after another. Not just the position his body is in  but the fact that it is combined with often tremendous pressure makes his sumo look quite dangerous. He has had his share of injuries but could have had much more. Today he was again in desperate position against Wakamotoharu losing the nage battle but hung on until the end. Even looked like it was 50-50 who touched down first.

 

Hakuyozan has ACL injury. Don’t know how bad but ACL often snaps altogether when it does. The way his knee buckled looked like that and the way he didn’t put any weight on it at first kind of refers to bad injury. Then again when I had my ACL fully ruptured, I walked away without much of a limp right after the loud snapping sound so it doesn¨t really matter.

Yutakayama beat Tohakuryu very easily. I doubt these lower back tapings really do any good. Maybe it gives some sensation of less unpredictable back pain.

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15 minutes ago, since_94 said:

Enho got robbed.

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Nishikido should not be given the microphone anymore. He is not able to do such things anymore. Hasn¨t been able to do that in some time. Shouldn't be put in the spotlight to show everyone his cognitive problems. I am sure he doesn't appreciate this role.

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Is Wakanosato the east side shimpan today? One of the things that I always find interesting is how the rikishi greet the oyakata before stepping onto the dohyo and the oyakata acknowledges their greeting with a nod. Today, Wakanosato didn't acknowledge a single greeting. I think Terunofuji didn't greet him. Teru just adjusted his kesho-mawashi and stepped onto the dohyo. 

Urakaze on the west side acknowledged the greetings as usual.

Maybe it is a trivial thing. It's just that I have never seen this before.

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Shimanoumi put on a display how to be Shimanoumi. He maintained his balance and low stance even when on his toes at one point against Tochinoshin who tried many times to shake him off. Just brilliant example how well he can stay intimately close to dohyo surface no matter what. This is simple but effective Shimanoumi sumo. Dashinage move at the end after Tochinoshin's chongake (! if I saw correctly, didn't see slow motion) attempt was the icing of the sumo cake.

Ura holds his own well in makuuchi. He continues to do brave sumo not holding back and seemingly trusts his knees now. Tsurugisho is good against small rikishi but was totally outsumoed by Ura's attack today. Great sumo. Well earned 4-3.

Kiribayama is good at migiyotsu and was able to smother Aoiyama's attack, establish good left hand outside, then get his head against Aoiyama's chest and finished with nice uwatenage. Looked pleased with himself and deserved that joy joy feeling. Great sumo.

Ishiura also has lower back problems but does quite decent sumo this basho. Today shift aside against Kaisei was sharp.

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What a pleasure it is to watch Hoshoryu wrestle.

He might not be the biggest, strongest or tallest, but his sheer will to win is propelling him to a 5-2 record at M5w thus far.

In my opinion that‘s the biggest trait he has „inherited“ from his uncle Asashoryu

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Posted (edited)

Hey, this seems to be the first time Kakuryu and Shikoroyama have commentated together! Good to see ex-Terao looking a lot better compared to his appearance in Oki's shin-juryo interview.

Abi looks like he gained a lot of weight, and this is the most ruthless I've seen him. Someone's really lit a fire under his ass, eh. But what in the name of all that is holy is his sagari? They don't appear to have been twisted so they just look like thick flat ropes. Eurgh.

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Just now, Gospodin said:

Uh, there goes Takayasu´s Ozeki run.

It had already gone. After missing the first two days he had to stay perfect for the other 13 to hit 33/45. After he lost on day five to Meisei the best he could manage was 12 wins this time.

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12 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:
14 minutes ago, Gospodin said:

Uh, there goes Takayasu´s Ozeki run.

It had already gone. After missing the first two days he had to stay perfect for the other 13 to hit 33/45. After he lost on day five to Meisei the best he could manage was 12 wins this time.

It'd arguably gone in more ways than one: the 13 wins were mentioned in the same breath as a yusho by Isegahama, so after he lost to Meisei and fell three off the pace, no one would rate him as likely to yusho, what with Hakuho and Terunofuji staying perfect all the way. After all, can't count on them both to throw a three win lead...

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Is there a scandal with Shodai ?
He reminds me of Asanoyama's behavior during his last Yusho !

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Posted (edited)

That was officially the weirdest and at the same time best bout I have ever seen. 
 

Tobizaru knows, that the last time Hakuho did that was against Enho in a „not so serious“ bout in the February one day tournament where the Yokozuna didn‘t even try?

I guess he really didn‘t want to catch Hakuho‘s ellbow at the tachi-ai 

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33 minutes ago, Hakuryuho said:

What a pleasure it is to watch Hoshoryu wrestle.

He might not be the biggest, strongest or tallest, but his sheer will to win is propelling him to a 5-2 record at M5w thus far.

In my opinion that‘s the biggest trait he has „inherited“ from his uncle Asashoryu

Seeing him go straight at a burly fellow like Takarafuji was impressive. I thought for sure he would have to rely on his bag of tricks from Mongolian wrestling, but that was just power sumo and sublime balance combined against a very powerful opponent. Really fun to watch. 
 

Wakatakakage also brilliant in his win against Hokutofuji by tsukiotoshi. 
 

Chiyoshoma is also pulling some great throws this tournament. Uwatenage today to dispatch Onosho.

And that last one. Hakuho vs Tobizaru. A classic. One for the ages.

Some great bouts today. Anything but lackluster.

Thanks to all the rikishi.

- a thoroughly entertained fan

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25 minutes ago, Eikokurai said:

It had already gone. After missing the first two days he had to stay perfect for the other 13 to hit 33/45. After he lost on day five to Meisei the best he could manage was 12 wins this time.

What I was trying to say is he will have to start anew.

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Well, that was different.

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