Part of my decision to live blog day 8 came about by looking at all of the rikishi further down the banzuke who will be in action on nakabi.
Wakaichio – In dire need of a win, he comes into day 8 with a 1-2 record, and plenty of chances to still come out of Kyushu with a kachi-koshi. He faces Onomatsu heya’s Mitsumune, a relative newcomer to sumo who is only competing in his 6th basho. Both men are 1-2 looking to score their second win.
Ura – Looking very genki thus far, Ura faces Shikoroyama heya’s Aoi, who has been ranked as high as Makushita 49, but has had two straight make-koshi tournaments. Sadly for Aoi, day 8 he faces a man capable of bending space-time and distorting the very fabric of the universe.
Musashikuni – With only one win thus far, the lead rikishi of the Musashigawa stable faces off against Shikoroyama heya’s Fujita. In 2014, Fujita was injured and spent enough time recovering that he had to return via Maezumo, and work his way up from zero. He quickly fought his way back to Makushita, but a seems to still struggle with injuries.