As predicted, the basho put it into gear on day 6, and a lot of great matches re-shuffled the ranks. A few notables
Tamawashi harpooned another dream, this time it was Goeido who took a loss from Tamawashi. This guy is the giant killer this tournament. The other rikishi should take him seriously. Goeido was all over the place, and made it easy for Tamawashi.
Endo put Hakuho on defensive, got him on the move and defeated him. I had suspected his mobility was still weak given the nature of his surgery in September, and Endo would seem to have exploited that. What a fantastic victory for Endo! Let the cushions fly!
Aoiyama took out his frustrations on Takayasu, as I predicted he might. Takayasu never got organized in that match, and Aoiyama just kept attacking. A great win for Aoiyama, and this loss ends any Ozeki talk for Takayasu this tournament.
Kakuryu remains undefeated – Yes that’s right. Everyone was calling for Kakuryu to consider retirement in the past few basho, now he is 6-0. This time Kakuryu is healthy, strong and ready to silence critics. He is now the man to beat.
° Goeido – Yokozuna run in danger
° Takayasu – Ozeki run demolished
° Hakuho – Revealed to be somewhat degraded from his feared form.
° Kakuryu – Undefeated
- Undefeated: Kakuryu
- Chasers: Harumafuji, Hakuho, Goeido, Kisenosato, Ikioi, Chiyoshoma, Sokokurai, Ishiura
- Hunt Group: Terunofuji, Tamawashi, Endo, Shodai, Arawashi, Chiyootori
Note – Osunaarashi remains undefeated in Juryo, he is determined to return to Makuuchi indeed!