It’s A Hot Mess Down There
Reader Tom asked for some observations on Juryo. A real shame of the way that Sumo coverage heads out to the world is that the NHK highlights only show Makuuchi with a rare 3 minute coverage of an interesting Juryo bout.
After watching Juryo for the last several days, I can state that looking at the picture of Makuuchi and Juryo as a continuous spectrum, there are a couple of bright spots, but by an large Juryo has been a holding tank for former Makuuchi rikishi working to get their sumo together to try and stage a return.
A couple of highlights today, Uncle Aminishiki (granted, he is younger than I am), won against Chyoo, to bring his record to 2-2.
Ryuden seems to have a cadre of fans in Japan, but today’s bout against Meisei was fairly flat. The same goes for Seiro, but over the past 4 days, Seiro has shown some real fire and skill, perhaps one of the bright spots in Juryo. Seiro has been on a slow upward path, so his chance of undergoing a massive evolution into a sumo powerhouse is slim.
Hakuho disciple Yamaguchi delighted the crowd today by applying Kotoshogiku style hug-n-chug against Chiyomaru, and it should be noted that the day 2 battle between Asahisho and Takagenji, which featured a late and loud slap delivered Asahisho due to a breach in dohyou manners.
In my opinion, far too many of the Juryo battles seem to be more of a contest of getting by, leading one to consider that far too much Juryo now provides a holding pattern for rikishi, as opposed to a breeding ground for the next generation talent.