春場所2016: Henka Yusho! (白鵬ありがとう!)


Thank you, Hakuho!

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At a loss for words…

It’s hard to watch this post-match interview with the champ. He’s obviously affected by the audience’s yelling about the henka and apologizes.

However, I’ve got to thank him. I’d been worried about today’s match because Harumafuji is not 100% and going head-to-head with the best could bring about further injury. So, seeing Harumafuji sprint past Kisenosato and into the crowd brought about laughter and then relief. Hakuho may have noticed Harumafuji come up lame yesterday (see earlier post) and may not have wanted to take it to him.

Regardless, we’ve seen our superzuna come back this tournament. And it’s been a pleasure to watch…though maybe not for Yoshikaze.

 

春場所2016: Hakuho Domination


Hakuho obliterated Kakuryu, secure in his lead with 2 days to go. He’ll fight Kotoshogiku tomorrow who was thrown rather easily by Harumafuji. Harumafuji was able to attack the ozeki at an angle, effectively neutralizing any hippy-hoppety leg thrusts. Then seemed to tip Giku over rather leisurely from that position.

Kisenosato and Goeido maintain their hopes at staying in contention but with Hakuho fighting like this, those hopes are more and more remote. Kisenosato managed Aoiyama by maintaining central position and ushering the maegashira to his makekoshi. And as I mentioned in my previous post, Goeido overpowered a weakened Terunofuji – who has no business being in this tournament anymore and should be resting until JULY. Meanwhile, Myogiryu has fallen out of contention with his surprising loss to Mitakeumi.

Down in Juryo, Osunaarashi has locked up the yusho with two days to go. The way he was  fighting, though, it was clear a week ago he was going to win. Endo is actually tied with Nishikigi, Chiyoshoma, and Amakaze in second.

Terunofuji Should Be Kyujo


Why would he or his management risk further injury by having Terunofuji fight today? He got his kachi-koshi so he’s secured his ozeki rank for not only next tournament, but the tournament following. He should sit this tournament out AND THE NEXT ONE to recover. Yes, he’ll go kadoban – but so what? It’s better to elect to go kadoban and put yourself in a position to WIN YUSHO than to struggle against GOEIDO. Spoiler: Terunofuji was just beaten by Goeido, badly. He was basically walked to the edge and out. WTF is he doing on the dohyo while injured?

春場所2016: Hakuho Leads. Of Course.


The door is rapidly closing on Kisenosato’s yusho hopes. Harumafuji fought well and when the ozeki charged, Harumafuji pushed him down while retreating for the hatakikomi slap down. In the preceding bout, Hakuho chased Goeido into the crowd. I can’t blame Goeido on that one; I’d have run away, too. Hakuho has been vicious. Not a good sign for the resurgent Myogiryu if he should be in real contention down the line.

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Flashback: Sept. 2012

Tomorrow, we’ll have our first yokozuna show-down as Hakuho will face Kakuryu. Kisenosato will have a much easier time of it with Aoiyama, who’s facing makekoshi. Goeido will face Terunofuji…if Terunofuji isn’t kyujo. Y’all know what I think of injured wrestlers fighting. I’d much rather see them take the time to recover fully, go down to Juryo and whoop ass like Osunaarashi who’s 2 clear of Nishikigi for that yusho race.

Hakuho, Kisenosato, and Goeido Lead; Myogiryu One Back


Kisenosato was quickly ousted by Hakuho who’s looking like the good ‘ole Hak. He backed the 177 kg ozeki straight to the bales on the tachiai and then tipped him to the side as Kisenosato tried in vain to stay in.

Goeido is in this as he bowled over Harumafuji. Ikioi picked up his kachi-koshi against Ichinojo while Kaisei got his at the expense of Mitakeumi.

Meanwhile, Osunaarashi is still cleaning up in Juryo. He bounced back nicely after his one loss yesterday to utterly trash Chiyoo. Chiyoo had no hope. Endo was also pretty quick in his win over former makuuchi rikishi Seiro.