This variety show is one of my wife’s favorite shows. She’s a fan of Hitoshi Matsumoto, the blond comedian (you’ll probably recognize him from “Silent Library”). They get asked questions and this one had to do with whether they thought Ura would become yokozuna. They hedge, noting it’s very difficult to become yokozuna but it’s an interesting segment. They show clips from his bouts, including an infamous one from his Juryo debut in the May tournament when he beat Dewahayate by koshinage. The best clips come from his bouts when he was a scrawny little kid, like when he flips the much larger kid. They also talk about his wrestling and gymnastic background. One of the featured guests also brings up Satoyama & Ishiura as guys that break the mold like Mainoumi. Yes, this is in Japanese but I think you can still get the gist and enjoy the segment if you don’t understand Japanese.
Hakuho’s legend grows by the match. His intensity, almost ruthlessness, in the ring is an utmost virtue in American athletics. You do what you need to do win, within the rules, of course…unless you’re the Patriots. He revealed that a nagging injury returned in the third match but he was still able to persevere and go undefeated. The guy is amazing. If Hakuho were an NFL team, he’d be the Montana/Young 49ers + Aikman Cowboys + Favre Packers. In Japan, a senshuraku henka controversy counts as the scandalous equivalent of texting dick pics to a masseuse (bad joke context).
Tochinoshin was awarded the technique prize and Mitakeumi won the Fighting Spirit prize. I can’t help but think that Endo would have won a prize if he’d been able to win today.
In another story line, Kaisei beat an unmotivated Tochiozan easily to get his kachi-koshi and likely promotion to sekiwake for the July tournament. All I have got to say after this one is, Yeesh…. Tochiozan looked like Marcus Davis on a called run. He took today off. Ikioi would have brought it.