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”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #15 | Shodai vs. Tobizaru

It all came down to this match. Either rookie Tobizaru would outwit his much larger foe and force a play-off, or Sekiwake Shodai would take the most direct route to his long sought-after first Makuuchi championship title. When all was said and done, Tobizaru seemed to be thrilled just to have the chance to playContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #15 | Shodai vs. Tobizaru”

Aki 2020 | Basho Recap

The 2020 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo got underway on September 13, in the absence of both Yokozuna who are trying to heal many years’ worth of pain and injuries. A lot of other wrestlers took time off this basho as well. Ishiura didn’t start until midway through, coming back to get just 4Continue reading “Aki 2020 | Basho Recap”

Aki 2020 | Senshuraku Preview

On the second to last day of Aki Basho 2020, Chiyonokuni secured the Juryo division championship with a slapdown against Wakamotoharu. This is his third time winning a second division title, and he did it with a comfortable two win margin. Congratulations to him! It has come down to the final day in the topContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Senshuraku Preview”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #14 | Hoshoryu vs. Kagayaki

Young throwing specialist Hoshoryu faced the giant (6’4) Kagayaki for the first time today. Hoshoryu’s debut in Makuuchi has been an interesting back and forth, winning one or two days — usually in exciting fashion — and losing one or two more, often with a painful slam to the clay. He’s been carrying the burdenContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #14 | Hoshoryu vs. Kagayaki”

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”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #13 | Myogiryu vs. Tamawashi

Today’s bout of the day features two former Sekiwake with over 27 years of professional experience between them. Both fighters entered day 13 with a record of 5-7, one loss away from make-koshi, so it became a make-or-break situation if either one of them was trying to climb back to sanyaku. On paper, not muchContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #13 | Myogiryu vs. Tamawashi”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #12 | Terunofuji vs. Onosho

M9 Onosho is coming back from his worst top division score ever of 2-13 at the July tournament. And what a comeback it has been! For a moment (day 5) he was leading this basho as the only undefeated rikishi. That momentum has slowed a bit as he dropped to a shared second place onContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #12 | Terunofuji vs. Onosho”

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”