Paralyzed Hibikiryu Dies at 28 Years Old

It has been over a month since the shocking accident that rendered Sandanme wrestler Hibikiryu paralyzed atop the Haru Basho dohyo. During the time that has elapsed, little information on his condition has come out, except for the fact that he had not left the hospital and was still unable to move his body fromContinue reading “Paralyzed Hibikiryu Dies at 28 Years Old”

Senshuraku Preview | Haru 2021

The following is the transcript to the video posted below. With the lower division titles already decided on day 13, including Abi‘s undefeated return to the third division, all that’s left are the salaried divisions, Juryo and Makunouchi. JURYO Hakuyozan and Takagenji are favored to win the title, currently at 10 wins each. But sinceContinue reading “Senshuraku Preview | Haru 2021”

71st Yokozuna Kakuryu Retires, Announces Elder Name

After 5 consecutive tournaments absent due to various injuries, Yokozuna Kakuryu has decided to retire from competition. The 6 time Emperor’s Cup champion had sought a 7th before pulling out of the current Spring basho. He will remain in the sumo association, addressed as Kakuryu-oyakata. Kakuryu, born Anand Mangaljalav in his native Mongolia, was takenContinue reading “71st Yokozuna Kakuryu Retires, Announces Elder Name”

Another Embarrassing Moment for Azumazeki-oyakata

After a close call in a day 10 bout between East Makushita #44 Chiyonokatsu and West Makushita #46 Toshoyama, Stablemaster Azumazeki (former Komusubi Takamisakari) attempted to explain the results of a judge’s conference. But instead of conveying the decision the judges had made, Azumazeki-oyakata seemingly came up with his own answer while addressing the crowd!Continue reading “Another Embarrassing Moment for Azumazeki-oyakata”

Nakabi Report | Haru 2021

The following is the transcript to the video posted below. JURYO Halfway through the Spring tournament we’re seeing both of the new Juryo guys, Bushozan and Takakento, hold their own at 4-4. Returning to Juryo, Nishikifuji is 4-4 as well. And Ichiyamamoto, is enjoying a 5-3 comeback to the division. Enho took the undefeated leadContinue reading “Nakabi Report | Haru 2021”

Myogiryu Becomes Surprise Sole Leader

Two leaders at 4 wins and 0 losses each entered day 5 of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo. On one side was Sekiwake Terunofuji, who seeks a return to his highest rank of Ozeki, a feat demanding just 6 more wins. On the other side stood a seasoned but inauspicious rank-and-filer, Myogiryu. MyogiryuContinue reading “Myogiryu Becomes Surprise Sole Leader”

Hakuho and Kotoshoho Join Kakuryu on Sidelines

Undefeated so far at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, Yokozuna Hakuho’s day 2 win against M1 Takarafuji came at a price. Takarafuji went chest to chest with the Yokozuna, securing a dominant right inside belt grip after the initial scuffle. Unable to reciprocate on his outmatched opponent’s belt, Hakuho took a brief pause at centerContinue reading “Hakuho and Kotoshoho Join Kakuryu on Sidelines”

Can Kakuryu Catch a Break?

Last Wednesday, Kakuryu confirmed his intention to return to the ring after four consecutive tournaments absent. Ranked at West Yokozuna alongside fellow Mongolian Hakuho in the East slot, Kakuryu shared his feelings on the upcoming Haru Basho, now only one week away. “I’m finally competing. Finally,” he said between sniffles and coughs while talking toContinue reading “Can Kakuryu Catch a Break?”

Spring Banzuke! | February News

The official rankings chart for the 2020 March Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo was released Monday morning! A few things stick out immediately: 1. Both Yokozuna have made it to Banzuke-day without retiring (or should I say we made it to Banzuke-day without our Yokozuna retiring?) In fact, Kakuryu has made a great showing atContinue reading “Spring Banzuke! | February News”

Champions, Concussions, Changes, and Consequences | January News

It’s been a week since the sumo world pushed its 2021 luck with the New Year tournament. We all know by now that Maegashira #1 Daieisho won his first top division yusho, beating the entirety of a relatively strong sanyaku, and going 8-0 right from the beginning. If you haven’t seen how this played out,Continue reading “Champions, Concussions, Changes, and Consequences | January News”