November Banzuke

We are less than two weeks away from the last honbasho of 2020! Taking place in Tokyo instead of the usual Fukuoka Kokusai Center, spectator capacity in the Ryogoku Kokugikan will be increased to around 5000 seats, double the previous tournament. Aside from bold moves by the sumo association, the newly released rankings chart promisesContinue reading “November Banzuke”

Takakeisho and Shodai Prepare for Three Ozeki November

Following Shodai’s successful Aki Basho and promotion, three Ozeki sit atop the rankings chart, just below the waning Yokozuna. It will be one year in November since three Ozeki — Takakeisho, Takayasu, and Goeido — competed together. Of those three, only the 24 year old Takakeisho remains at the rank. A little over a weekContinue reading “Takakeisho and Shodai Prepare for Three Ozeki November”

“It’s Regrettable that Shodai made Ozeki” Asanoyama Recounts Big Loss

Over a year since his first and so far only top division title, Asanoyama finished his second basho ranked at Ozeki with a record of 10-5. After a rough 3-loss start, a mid-tournament comeback (aided by two default wins) put him in the yusho race. Unfortunately though, this was not enough to put him inContinue reading ““It’s Regrettable that Shodai made Ozeki” Asanoyama Recounts Big Loss”

Shodai Official, Relief for Tamanoi-beya, Ura Returns | Early Banzuke Revelations

On the 30th, the Japan Sumo Association held their extraordinary board meeting, and a meeting of the rank-deciding committee. The hottest topic on the table was the promotion of first time champion Shodai to Ozeki. Mostly a formality as the arrangements had essentially been made beforehand, a unanimous stamp of approval was given. Between DirectorContinue reading “Shodai Official, Relief for Tamanoi-beya, Ura Returns | Early Banzuke Revelations”

Shodai Prepares for Ozeki Promotion

Aki Basho’s top division champion Shodai has finally reached his long sought-after milestone of sumo’s second highest rank. In preparation for his Ozeki promotion acceptance speech, he has selected a special “four character idiom” which is customary for this situation. The one he chose is meant to express his desired way of life from nowContinue reading “Shodai Prepares for Ozeki Promotion”

All 24 Hospitalized Tamanoi Wrestlers Return Home

Good News! As scheduled, the 24 wrestlers from Tamanoi-beya who had been hospitalized due to coronavirus have been discharged and returned home on Sunday, the 27th. With great relief, all of them are reportedly doing well, and plans are being made for the stable — which houses Juryo rikishi Azumaryu and Fujiazuma — to enterContinue reading “All 24 Hospitalized Tamanoi Wrestlers Return Home”

Terunofuji and Chiyotairyu Bring the Withdrawal Total to 13

July’s top division champion M1 Terunofuji has announced his withdrawal from Aki Basho due to resurfacing left knee pain from osteoarthritis. He leaves the tournament with a record of 8-4, a majority of wins that will ensure a historical promotion back to sanyaku. Treatment is expected to take three weeks. Surprise title contender Wakatakakage getsContinue reading “Terunofuji and Chiyotairyu Bring the Withdrawal Total to 13”

Endo Out, Kiribayama Back In

Due to pain and effusion from an ACL injury, struggling Komusubi Endo has decided to sit out the rest of Aki Basho. He leaves on day 12 with only 3 wins (including some impressive ones), his make-koshi already having been decided. According to Oitekaze-oyakata, “It’s been like this, but when his right knee started fillingContinue reading “Endo Out, Kiribayama Back In”

Takakeisho’s Shoulder May Be an Issue [Video]

After defeating veteran Maegashira #5 Takarafuji with a diving oshidashi on day 11 of Aki Basho, Ozeki Takakeisho was seen having difficulty using his right arm to prop himself up. He was finally able to get up after several seconds of struggle where it seemed like something had partially dislocated. Afterwards, the now 9-2 tournamentContinue reading “Takakeisho’s Shoulder May Be an Issue [Video]”

Kiribayama Forced to Drop Out of Title Race

East Maegashira #5 Kiribayama of Michinoku Stable strained his left rotator cuff on day 9 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, and will likely be out for the remainder of the basho. The injury occurred during his match against Ozeki Takakeisho, in which he heard a “popping” sound. According to Michinoku-oyakata, a September comeback dependsContinue reading “Kiribayama Forced to Drop Out of Title Race”