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Ozekis and Yokozunas for January 2023 - Seems so far away!

The top two ranks for 2023   

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  1. 1. Out of the current Yokozunas AND the current Ozekis, who will NOT be ranked in either of the top 2 ranks for the January 2023 banzuke (i.e. who will retire, or will get demoted during 2022). You can vote more than once.

  2. 2. Who will be ranked as a Yokozuna on the January 2023 banzuke? You can vote for more than one.

    • Terunofuji
    • Takakeisho
    • Shodai
      0
    • Other (say who in the comments below)
    • There will be no Yokozunas on the January 2023 banzuke.
  3. 3. Which of the following will be ranked as an Ozeki on the Jan 2023 banzuke? You can vote for more than one.

    • Shodai
    • Takakeisho
    • Mitakeumi
    • Meisei
    • Ichinojo
      0
    • Kiribayama
    • Daieisho
    • Wakatakakage
    • Onosho
      0
    • Takanosho
    • Okinoumi
      0
    • Myogiryu
    • Takarafuji
    • Endo
      0
    • Takayasu
      0
    • Hoshoryu
    • Shimanoumi
      0
    • Tamawashi
      0
    • Ura
    • Chiyoshoma
      0
    • Kotoeko
      0
    • Tobizaru
      0
    • Aoiyama
      0
    • Hidenoumi
      0
    • Chiyotairyu
      0
    • Asanoyama
    • Kotonowaka
      0
    • Terutsuyoshi
      0
    • Ishiura
      0
    • Hokutofuji
      0
    • Yutakayama
      0
    • Tochinoshin
      0
    • Kagayaki
      0
    • Chiyonokuni
      0
    • Chiyomaru
      0
    • Abi
    • Akua
      0
    • Sadanoumi
      0
    • Kaisei
      0
    • Shohozan
    • Tsurugisho
      0
    • Wakamotoharu
      0
    • Bushozan
      0
    • Ichiyamamoto
      0
    • Nishikigi
      0
    • Oho
      0
    • Other (please state who in the comments below)
      0
    • There will ne NO Ozekis ranked on the January 2023 (possible, if there are two Yokozuna-Ozekis)
      0

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  • Poll closed on 07/01/22 at 18:00

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2021 saw a big change at the top of the banzuke.

Will Terunoifuji's knees last the year?

Will either of the two Ozekis get promoted.  

Are there future Ozekis waiting in the wings?

Please leave your actual prediction for the top two ranks for the January 2023 banzuke in the comments below like this...

Stilton Y1 Red Leicester
Wensleydale Y2 
Cheddar O1 Shropshire Blue
                O2 Stinking Bishop 

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- then we can see who is closest at the end of the year, to award a yusho for this poll.
 

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13 minutes ago, Gurowake said:

What about Venezuelan Beaver Cheese?

Not an English cheese - unlike the others (and Sakura's suggestions ;-)).

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Takakeisho Y1 Terunofuji

Shodai 01 Takanosho

 

Mitakeumi will probably finally show up now and ruin this prediction for me but I'm leaving him out purely out of spite.

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Terunofuji Y Takakeisho

Mitakeumi O Shodai

 

Ha! I was very close to picking Takanosho at O as well. Interesting.

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Takakeisho Y Terunofuji

Shodai O Mitakeumi 

 

Takakeisho and Mitakeumi finally getting a good run of tournaments without injury or failing at the final leg? Sure. Terunofuji sits out a tournament, allowing for somebody to make the leap.

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Past trends are no indication of future performance, but I don't see either Takakeisho or Shodai successfully putting together a back to back yusho-winning challenge, in the presence of Terunofuji, to get the rope. The ozeki might luck out and take Terunofuji to playoffs and maybe even a yusho, but with Terunofuji having broken his zensho drought, there's even less psychological barriers standing in his way of clocking 14-1s as yusho scores from now on. I really don't see either of the ozeki matching that twice in a row for D-D or D-Y results to trigger YDC discussion.

But I think with the thinned-out competition, Mitakeumi might just finally make it to ozeki if he can maintain double digits for a bit.

Terunofuji Y
Takakeisho O Mitakeumi
                      O Shodai

I'm giving Takakeisho some credit as he tends to be on fire for Fukuoka, so he's more likely than not to be O1E in January 2023.

Edited by Seiyashi

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Y1 - Terunofuji

Y2 - Takakeisho

O1 - Mitakeumi

O2 - Abi

O3 - Meisei

Shodai intai. I nearly said Terunofuji, as well, but hopefully he holds out through at least 2022. Looking pretty good the last couple of basho but I think his body may be easily susceptible to injury given the competition he'll have.

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I don't foresee any change. Terunofuji will continue to limp along dominantly, Takakeisho will show basho of brilliance but follow those with just-good-enough basho to stay ozeki. I'm also not sold that his injuries won't come back. Shodai will be the lesser ozeki but will continue to bounce back from inevitable kadoban at least once. I just don't see anyone right now putting up a successful ozeki-run this year, unless Daieisho or Mitakeumi can square themselves away. I think Mitakeumi will be a sekiwake most of the year, getting routine 8-7 and 9-6 records. Daieisho will bounce around sanyaku and the low single-digit maegashira slots but will continue with business as usual. My dark horses are Meisei and Kiribayama but...not without some shocking levels of improvement.

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Terunofuji Y

Takakeisho O Mitakeumi 

Shodai O Wakatakakage

Abi S Takanosho

 

Wakatakakage promoted to Ozeki for Jan 23 tournament. 

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No changes at all:

Terunofuji Y
Takakeisho O Shodai

Pitinosato

 

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Terunofuji    Y 
Takakeisho O Mitakeumi

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No changes and it will be exactly like Hatsu 2022

Y1E Terunofuji
O1E Takakeisho
O1W Shodai

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Uhh I meant to include Shodai for Q3, retaining his rank at Ozeki.

Hopefully I'm wrong and there's more Ozeki coming in 2022.

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Well, most of us think that the current trio at the top (Terunofuji, Takakeisho and Shodai) will still be in the top two ranks at the start of 2022.

Just about all of us think that Terunofuji will not retire this year.  A fifth of us think that Takakeisho will get promoted to Yokozuna too - which is looking less likely after mid-way through the first basho of the year.

The 18% of people who predicted that Mitakeumi will be ranked as Ozeki next January will be feeling a little more confident as they watch the hatsu basho unfold.

More at the end of the year, (if not before....!)

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