This one is easy: at the very top of the torikumi, it’s Kakuryu vs. Tamawashi in the only battle of the unbeaten (okay, 2-0) rikishi among the upper-rank bouts. Kakuryu was moving backwards today against Endo, which is not an encouraging sign despite his victory. Tamawashi looks determined to regain his sanyaku rank. The career record is 6-4 in favor of the Yokozuna, but Tamawashi has claimed the last three matches, including dealing Kakuryu the first loss at Hatsu on Day 11 that started the Yokozuna’s 4-day slide out of yusho contention. Will Kakuryu achieve vengeance, or will we see Happy Tamawashi again?
Also intriguing: 2-0 Mitakeumi vs. Endo (1-1) and Kotoshogiku vs. Tochinoshin. Both rikishi are 1-1, and Kotoshogiku has dominated the career series 24-6, but that was mostly in his better days as an Ozeki; the two have split their last four bouts, with Tochinoshin prevailing at Hatsu.