The Yusho race
In all likelihood, it’s Yokozuna Kakuryu or M3 Tochinoshin. We haven’t had a maegashira Yusho since 2012, and before that, you have to go back to 2001.
While Takayasu achieved his kachi-koshi and placed himself on the outskirts of the Yusho race, Goeido dropped to 6-5 and is at significant risk of going kadoban.
Mitakeumi has lost four straight after his 7-0 start, and still needs to pick up a win to stay Sekiwake. With his basho-shaking victory over Kakuryu, Tamawashi staved off the loss of his Sekiwake rank for now. He still needs to win out to defend it, and to go 3-1 to only drop to Komusubi. Takakeisho also managed to stave off the loss of his Komusubi rank for another day, and he too needs to win out to maintain it.
Tochinoshin and Ichinojo have solidified their leads for the first two Sanyaku slots to open. Should a third slot open up, as is fairly likely, there really is no obvious candidate for it. With four days to go, the list of unconvincing contenders consists of Kotoshogiku, Shodai, Arawashi, Takarafuji, and Endo. Someone from this group will need to distinguish themselves over the final days.
Need one more win to ensure a place in the top division: Ikioi, Yutakayama, Ryuden, Asanoyama, Ishiura.
Need two more wins: Sokokurai, Nishikigi.
Need three more wins: Takekaze, Daiamami.
Will be demoted: Terunofuji, Aminishiki (unless by some miracle he goes 4-0).
Leading the promotion race: Myogiryu, Kyokutaisei, Hidenoumi.
On the bubble: Aoiyama.