“When in doubt, hit hard!” Kotoshogiku’s Retirement, Crazy Techniques, and Injured Stars | Nov. 8-14 News

Starting off with the biggest story of the week… Kotoshogiku Retires Former Ozeki Kotoshogiku of Sadogatake-beya announced his retirement Friday, after losing his last professional match at the rank of Juryo #3 West. The ever popular 36 year old gave his all during this tournament and the one prior while suffering from a calf muscleContinue reading ““When in doubt, hit hard!” Kotoshogiku’s Retirement, Crazy Techniques, and Injured Stars | Nov. 8-14 News”

Injured Asanoyama Joins Yokozuna on Sidelines

Favored by many for a November title, Ozeki Asanoyama submitted a medical certificate for withdrawal after Monday’s loss to Komusubi Terunofuji. The injury is stated to be a contusion of a right deltoid (shoulder) muscle which will take about 4 weeks to heal properly. Asanoyama’s day 1 match against Kiribayama is apparently where he sustainedContinue reading “Injured Asanoyama Joins Yokozuna on Sidelines”

“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”

Yutakayama Forfeits Win to Asanoyama

Tokitsukaze wrestler, Yutakayama injured his right leg in his match against Ozeki Takakeisho on day 7 of the 2020 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. The official diagnosis was a strain of the right anterior tibiofemoral ligament, which caused the East Maegashira #4 to withdraw from Sunday’s action. The injury was caused by a twisting force onContinue reading “Yutakayama Forfeits Win to Asanoyama”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #3 | Asanoyama vs. Terunofuji

So far 0-2 Ozeki Asanoyama took on returning champion Terunofuji in an exciting grappling match. They first faced each other last basho, Terunofuji prevailing and going on to win the title. Asanoyama finished runner-up with a respectable Ozeki record of 12-3, but with the pressure of being the highest ranking active wrestler at the moment,Continue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #3 | Asanoyama vs. Terunofuji”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #1 | Asanoyama vs. Endo

Welcome to the 2020 September Grand Sumo Tournament, AKA Aki Basho or Kugatsu Basho! As in July, competition is being held in a limited capacity Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan. Unlike last time though, no Yokozuna will be with us from the very start of the basho. Hakuho is recovering from knee surgery, and Kakuryu is stillContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #1 | Asanoyama vs. Endo”

Senshuraku Recap/Review

The 2020 July Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo came to a history making conclusion on Sunday, August 2nd, after two weeks of action. Juryo: After regularly scheduled matches, six Juryo wrestlers remained at 10 and 5. Eliminated in the first round were Kyokutaisei, Mitoryu, and Chiyono’o. The Juryo championship was then decided in a three-wayContinue reading “Senshuraku Recap/Review”

Senshuraku Preview | “Nagoya” 2020

Former top division rikishi Chiyonokuni won his second Makushita championship with a 7 and 0 record on day 13, and hopefully we will see him return to salaried status soon. In Juryo, it is possible for any one of these 8 men to win the title, but most likely it will come down to oneContinue reading “Senshuraku Preview | “Nagoya” 2020″

Asanoyama’s Current Attitude, Stablemaster Takasago Checks In

It has been nine years since the 2011 “yaocho” match-fixing scandal tore up the reputation of professional sumo. Spring of that year was the last time a honbasho was canceled. This past Monday, Japan’s state of emergency was extended to the end of the month, and in turn sumo was put on hold. On theContinue reading “Asanoyama’s Current Attitude, Stablemaster Takasago Checks In”

Takayasu Severely Injured on Day 4

West Yokozuna Kakuryu faced West Maegashira 1 Takayasu in the final bout of day 4 of the Spring tournament. During the match, Kakuryu was not able to attack with his desired inside belt grip, but after a patient grip fight the Yokozuna gave up the belt and deflected Takayasu to the side for a tsukiotoshiContinue reading “Takayasu Severely Injured on Day 4”