In a surprise kyujo announcement, Maegashira 2 Yutakayama has withdrawn from the 2018 Aki Basho after suffering an elbow injury during his Day 3 match with Yokozuna Kisenosato. Despite the damaged left elbow, Yutakayama attempted to fight through the pain on Day 4 in a losing effort against Kakuryu. Never the less, Yutakayama and his Oyakata are hopeful that he will be able to return to action before Aki ends, should the pain subside. Goeido, his Day 5 opponent, will receive a fusen win, bringing his record up to 4-1. This is very disappointing news for the promising young rikishi, and everyone here at Tachiai hopes Yutakayama has a speedy recovery.
As of yet, there is no news regarding Aoiyama going kyujo after a fall of the dohyo left the giant Bulgarian limping out of the Kokugikan. We will keep you posted should any news develop.