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 #8 | Sadanoumi vs. Tobizaru

Exciting new top division wrestler Tobizaru has been catching everyone’s attention with his often wild style of fighting. Living up to his shikona, which actually means “flying monkey,” relative lightweight Tobizaru reminds us a lot of our beloved Ura, whose creative style has had fans following him throughout his lower division journey. Like a lotContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #8 | Sadanoumi vs. Tobizaru”

Monoii for Illegal Finger Bending, Historical First

Juryo #2 Tobizaru (Oitekaze-beya) went up against Juryo #6 Hakuyozan (Takadagawa-beya) in the third to last Juryo match of day 9. Hakuyozan won by oshidashi after a push-thrust battle with the smaller Tobizaru. Towards the end of the bout, Hakuyozan had grabbed Tobizaru’s left hand and held it outstretched to neutralize his attack. The wayContinue reading “Monoii for Illegal Finger Bending, Historical First”