With Loss To Hakuho, Terunofuji Out of Yusho Race & Ozeki Promotion Must Wait

A lot was on the line in today’s Hakuho/Terunofuji bout. If Terunofuji were to win, the yusho race would be blown wide open with Kaisei alone on top and 3 sanyaku wrestlers among the field tied at second. Also, odds on ozeki promotion would be considerably stronger but he would still face a tough final four days with matches against three sanyaku opponents, Kotoshogiku, Goeido, & Myogiryu, ahead. After being pulled forward onto the ground, uwatedashinage, hopes at yusho and rapid promotion have flown out the window.

Kaisei is still tied with Hakuho for the lead and faces Aoiyama tomorrow. It will be a test against an occasional sanyaku wrestler. Hakuho will fight Goeido. Kisenosato and Takayasu are one win back at 9-2.