Natsu Day 10 Highlights

Yesterday, our leadership pack of Kakuryu, Tochinoshin and Asanoyama picked up that all important kachi-koshi win. Herouth took us a bit deeper into the importance of this 8th win yesterday as this win, and each subsequent win, is literally money in the bank.

Before we start thinking yusho race, by hitting this mark so early in the tournament, Asanoyama will have his eye on another special prize to add to his two kanto-sho. And as we all know, Tochinoshin is hoping to reclaim his ozeki rank this week, as well. And Kakuryu, as lone Yokozuna, has his eyes on the first yusho of the new Reiwa era (and the first Trump Cup*). As Day 10 opens, Enho and Kotoeko have their own chances to boost their bimonthly income. Did either of them make it?

On His Way Back To Ozeki?

Highlight Matches

Chiyomaru defeats Daishoho with a quick oshidashi. Chiyomaru ends his losing streak as Daishoho put up only token resistance after the tachiai. A straight forward affair.

Ishiura defeats Sadanoumi. Ishiura borrowed Harumafuji’s hit-and-shift move on the initial charge, and quickly grabbed Sadanoumi’s arm, spinning him down for the kotenage throw. Hakuho’s deshi was quite spry today and that speed was far too much for Sadanoumi.

Shimanoumi defeats Terutsuyoshi. After a matta, the two met head-on and tried to lock in for a good belt battle. Terutsuyoshi picked the wrong time to try a kick as he was too far away. Shimanoumi seized the opportunity to push Terutusyoshi out, yorikiri.

Yago defeats Chiyoshoma. Chiyoshoma starts with a henka attempt followed by a leg sweep. Yago maintained his balance and engaged with a belt grip. Once Chiyoshoma ran out of parlor tricks, Yago showed him the exit, yorikiri.

Tochiozan defeats Enho. Enho drove Tochiozan back to the tawara but the Kochi native was able to make use of the added leverage to take control of the bout and launch his quick counter attack. Hatakikomi. Kachi-koshi will need to wait for another day.

Tokushoryu defeats Kagayaki. Tokushoryu’s stalling draws Kagayaki into a matta. Then enraged, Kagayaki leaps out into the tachiai to be met with a sidestep. This was more-henka-than HNH, but there was a little bonk of the top knots. Maybe a 90% henka? Either way, Tokushoryu took Kagayaki by surprise, slipped in behind and guided the gold mawashioed rikishi out. Oshidashi.

Kotoeko defeats Onosho and picks up that kachi koshi. A well met tachiai, with a slap to Onosho’s face for good measure, Kotoeko got Onosho to commit to an all-in slapping oshi attack. As soon as Onosho committed fully, Kotoeko ducked to the side and let the tadpole’s momentum carry him out of the ring. Hikiotoshi.

Asanoyama defeats Shodai. The judges say yorikiri but this was an oshi-tsuki battle as Asanoyama landed several strong thrusts to Shodai’s face. Shodai tried to counter but golly-geez that proved hard with that fierce arm in your face. This forced Shodai’s body to stay high so Asanoyama got inside, and bullrushed him off the dohyo.

Meisei defeats Shohozan in a wild, twirling, charging bout. After a weird waiting game where both men were committed to not starting, Shohozan finally drew in Meisei for a matta. The second attempt was a great collision. Both men backed away and started slapping to and fro in a great street brawl that then morphed into a couple of billy-goats charging at each other. A slight shift of weight to the left was enough to get Shohozan off balance.

Takarafuji defeats Tomokaze. This was a weird one as Takarafuji’s token resistance won. Takarafuji absorbed the charge of Tomokaze and pulled. If Tomokaze had been able to stay on his feet, this would have been an easy oshidashi. However, as he was fully extended and trying to drive the blocking sled back, Tomokaze’s right foot lost purchase in the middle of the dohyo. As Takarafuji stepped off the dohyo, the gunbai initially went to Tomokaze. However, after a review, we see that Tomokaze slipped and his knee touched before Takarafuji stepped out. They call it a hikiotoshi but this is likely Kintamayama’s prototypical slippiotoshi.

Yoshikaze defeats Nishikigi. Yoshikaze’s face absorbed Nishikigi’s charge but he was able to secure a strong morozashi double-inside grip of the mawashi. Nishikigi wrapped his arms around Yoshikaze’s but ultimately couldn’t mount a counter-attack from that awkward position. Yoshikaze drove forward

Tamawashi defeats Myogiryu. The two met with a strong tachiai where Myogiryu perhaps getting poked in the eye. Tamawashi pushed Myogiryu’s head back and then forced him off balance to the side with a strong right arm thrust. Tsukiotoshi.

Hokutofuji defeats Chiyotairyu. Why did Chiyotairyu pull? It was a pretty strong initial charge and he gained a slight advantage moving forward. However, rather than continue forward, Chiyotairyu tried for a slapdown. Hokutofuji was able to maintain his balance and drive through, forcing mutton chops off the dohyo. Oshidashi

Daieisho defeats Kotoshogiku by nodowa. Giku was off like a jackrabbit at the initial charge but Daieisho countered with a blast to the neck and sustained oshi pushing attack. This got the former ozeki moving backwards. One more solid nodowa, drawing Giku to put all of this weight forward in resistance, and then a quick shift to the left let Kotoshogiku fall to the dirt. Hikiotoshi.

Aoiyama defeats Endo. In a super quick one-two move, Aoiyama arrested Endo’s initial charge with those two big paws on Endo’s shoulders. With Endo’s head still down for the charge, Aoiyama worked his hands firmly to the back of Endo’s head and neck and pushed the ATM face first to the dohyo. Another fat stack of envelopes for a quick hatakikomi.  

Tochinoshin defeats Mitakeumi. We didn’t get sky-crane Tochinoshin today. We got the bulldozer. A shoulder blast to Mitakeumi’s face won the advantage at the tachai. Both men locked in for a belt battle but Tochinoshin drove Mitakeumi, still smarting from the initial smash, back and out for a yorikiri. One more win to reclaim ozeki status and he stays on course in the yusho race. Could the Georgian pick up number two?

Takayasu defeats Ryuden. They’re calling this oshidashi but this was a solid mawashi battle. Both Ryuden and Takayasu locked in on the belt after the initial charge. Takayasu won the initiative with his shoulder blast and worked Ryuden back to the edge…and I thought out, yorikiri…but an extra shove there at the end threw Ryuden off the dohyo, oshidashi.

Goeido defeats Okinoumi. It looked for a minute that Okinoumi was mimicking Goeido’s pre-bout routine. Goeido drawn off the line early for a matta. A solid tachiai and then a tussle for belt control as both men seemed rather evenly matched. Okinoumi made an ill-advised attempt to reach for Goeido’s mawashi with his right arm. That stretch was enough for Goeido to thrust Okinoumi off balance and into the dohyo. Tsukiotoshi.

Kakuryu defeats Abi. Kakuryu stumbled out of the gate in a weird, quick matta. The Yokozuna recovered to take the full force of Abi’s oshi attack. Abi sustained a right-handed grip of Kakuryu’s chin but he couldn’t get any drive. As he over committed, Kakuryu shifted, sweeping Abi out to the side. Hatakikomi.

An Aside

* There’s really little chance that this weekend’s visitor and extra trophy will escape politics and emotion and controversy. Let’s face it, we’re all sumo fans and we just went through the Harumafuji/Takanohana thing. I’m not looking for more distraction. We’re no strangers to controversy but we enjoy sumo. Just like over the holidays, when those of my relatives who’ve blocked each other on Facebook are able to come and enjoy each other’s company at dinner, we at Tachiai will stay above the politics. As Bruce has warned, we may elect to close comments on some posts.

As y’all likely know, I work in the Federal government and am independent politically. I work with Clinton people and Bush people and Obama people and Trump people and we don’t run around needing to lock each other up because we actually do real work together. So, I expect everyone to be civil, though it’s real hard to forget when we get lost in R vs D, Red vs Blue, lib vs con, Jedi vs Sith, Stark vs Lannister. (In this oshi vs yotsu world, everyone overlooks footwork!)

If we treat this like my family treats the holidays, we’ll enjoy it. I, for one, have been DYING to have an American prize offered. I even emailed the Chamber of Commerce and Embassy to prod people a while back. I just really can’t think of any one thing that would be sufficiently representative of the US, so I make jokes about corn. It would be cool to have something as iconic as Lord Stanley’s Cup, the claret jug, the Meisterschale, or the macaron awarded to the winner on behalf of fans from the USA.

Anyway, the latest news I heard is that Musashigawa oyakata may sit next to him to help translate. It must be a thrilling opportunity, like when Sir Paul attended and bought a whole bunch of kensho banners. For the wrestlers, especially those of Musashigawa-beya, I hope they enjoy the experience because it will be nice to have a news event which draws attention to the sport that isn’t a hazing or sexual harassment scandal. It will sure be an episode to remember.

Natsu Day 10 Preview

Myogiryu: “Then Takayasu said, pull my finger..”
Goeido: “No matter what, don’t pull Takayasu’s finger!”

We come to the end of act 2 now, and we have sorted the rikishi nicely into piles: the ones we know are doing well, the ones we know are doing poorly, and the third group who are struggling to stay afloat. For myself, I find the zero-sum game that is sumo quite fascinating. Every win comes at the expense of some other rikishi’s loss. When you have basho like Osaka, the devastation can be remarkable.

Launching into act 3, we are going to sort everyone into make and kachi koshi, and crown a tournament champion. With a broad front of 3 rikishi with 1 loss with 2 more just behind, there is a lot of competition left to play out this May. Starting on day 10, we will see a larger span of ranks in some matches, as the schedulers work to find pairs that keep the competition interesting and fair. Our worries about the 2 surviving Ozeki and the lone surviving Yokozuna seem to have been laid to rest, and we are all enjoying a re-energized Tochinoshin. I think that Team Pixie has really made a huge impression this basho, and I have to say that Enho may not be their captain, but he is certainly their heart. We are also watching Asanoyama have a great tournament, and we hope he can sustain this level of performance for the rest of the year.

Who has caught your eye this basho? Let us know in the comment section.

Natsu Leaderboard

Leaders: Kakuryu, Tochinoshin, Asanoyama
Chasers: Enho, Kotoeko
Hunt Group: Goeido, Takayasu, Mitakeumi, Abi, Ryuden, Shodai, Shohozan, Daishoho

6 Matches Remain

What We Are Watching Day 10

Chiyomaru vs Daishoho – Chiyomaru: a man of substance who has been mugged by elves a couple of days in a row. His record is in tatters, and I am sure he wonders how he finishes out with 8 wins now. Going up against Daishoho is not going to help. Daishoho is near the bottom of the banzuke for Natsu, but he’s fighting well and dominating his matches. The NHK-G showed the comically large soaking tub in the rikishi’s changing room – I encourage one of Chiyomaru’s tsukibeto to have that thing loaded and steaming hot for day 10.

Ishiura vs Sadanoumi – Ishiura has been able to conduct some good “Enho inspired” sumo the past few days, but he has taken his time to develop his attack before being able to close the deal. The issue with Sadanoumi is that he is a “fast mover” – his plan is on the dohyo and executing at fast forward speed. If Sadanoumi can keep Ishiura in front of him, it’s win #6 for the Sakaigawa man.

Shimanoumi vs Terutsuyoshi – Both of these rikishi are struggling to stay close to the line that takes them to a winning record, so the schedulers put them head to head. But Terutsuyoshi holds a 4-1 career advantage, and seems to be finally in touch with his sumo.

Chiyoshoma vs Yago – Chiyoshoma, clinging to the bottom left corner of the banzuke, desperately needs a win, but then again, so does Yago. Is it time for Chiyoshoma to bring out his henka paddle and start evading the tachiai?

Enho vs Tochiozan – Enho might get his 8th win today, but the challenge is that Tochiozan is not large enough that the submarine tachiai is going to phase him, not slow enough that the normal scampering pixie sumo is going to baffle him, nor inexperienced enough that he is going to worry if Enho puts his face into his navel. First time match between these two.

Kagayaki vs Tokushoryu – Loser of this match receives a brand new make-koshi, and a hearty invitation to regroup and come back in July with their normal top-division class sumo. Kagayaki has stayed true to his form, but has bungled nearly every match. Tokushoryu has forgotten his form, but done what he could with whatever sumo came to mind. Try again guys.

Kotoeko vs Onosho – Although Kotoeko is 5 ranks lower on the banzuke, I personally think he may take this one from Onosho this time. Kotoeko seems to have some of his best sumo going in some time, and Onosho is still struggling with what seems to be a persistent balance problem.

Shodai vs Asanoyama – Someone on the scheduling team is really pushing my buttons, as they pair Shodai with Asanoyama. I am looking for some solid cartoon sumo out of Shodai day 10, and depending on what Asanoyama was doing most Saturday mornings as a child, he may have no idea what happened to him. Shodai won their only prior match, after opening a box from Acme moments before walking down the hanamichi.

Shohozan vs Meisei – Meisei has this “Little Engine That Could” vibe going on right now, so I am sure he will do his utmost. Shohozan seems to have gotten his punk moves out of his system, and has settled own into some first rate sumo in the past few days. This might be a really exciting match.

Takarafuji vs Tomokaze – Tomokaze has a 3 match losing streak going, and all of the piano time he wants is not fixing his sumo. But Takarafuji won’t take any pity on the Oguruma man, as Takarafuji is going to always execute his plan, no matter who he’s facing.

Nishikigi vs Yoshikaze – I predict this will result in Yoshikaze getting his make-koshi. What has been plaguing him for the past several basho? He’s not telling. I just hope that he’s ok when this is all done.

Myogiryu vs Tamawashi – Tamawashi has a real chance to be back in San’yaku, and maybe even back at Sekiwake. Myogiryu will have a very different opponent than his day 9 match with Takayasu – this one will be sharp, short and intense. There will be plenty of kinetic energy in play, Myogiryu will just need to make sure it’s working for him instead of Tamawashi.

Hokutofuji vs Chiyotairyu – Both come in with 3-6 records, and are looking at the make-koshi line racing toward them. Only one of them will exit with a much needed win. These schedulers are being complete bastards, aren’t they?

Daieisho vs Kotoshogiku – I know I commented on lksumo’s day 5 storyline post that I liked Kotoshogiku for a possible San’yaku slot. Of course that was the cue for the Kyushu-Bulldozer to suffer a performance-robbing breakdown. Since then Kotoshogiku has been unable to produce much in the way of offense, and looking poor. If it’s any help, he has a 4-1 career advantage over Daieisho.

Aoiyama vs Endo – Much like that Hokutofuji/Chiyotairyu match, team “3-6” throws two more onto the dohyo for a beating, this time the rubbery man-mountain Aoiyama and the perpetually “almost genki” Endo. Aoiyama holds a 7-3 career advantage, and may just smack Endo around for a while before sending him a loss closer to that make-koshi-bound angry bouillabaisse stewing in that soaking tub near the shitaku-beya.

Mitakeumi vs Tochinoshin – Tochinoshin got a day away from competition with the Takakeisho re-kyujo, so he comes to this match rested and ready. Sure, he’s going to try to to land the left hand outside, and engage the sky crane. We just want to see what Mitakeumi is going to do about it. I am sure Mitakeumi is well aware of the 7-3 Tochinoshin career advantage, and has no desire to make it 8-3.

Ryuden vs Takayasu – Did you know Ryuden (aka Shin-Ikioi) holds a 2-0 career lead over Takayasu? Sure, one of them is from Makushita in 2009, but this certainly removes some air of invincibility around the Ozeki. Takayasu seems to be working well enough that he can figure out a win on whatever terms evolve during the course of a match, so I think Ryuden has his hands full.

Goeido vs Okinoumi – You know what would go really well in the make-koshi hot tub? Some fresh Shimane Taimeishi! I am sure Okinoumi will give him a solid, but ultimately losing, fight. (The two have a long 25-bout history, which the Ozeki leads 19-6, though Okinoumi pulled off the upset the last time they met, in January. -lksumo)

Abi vs Kakuryu – These two have split their 2 prior matches, and I think Abi is due a win or two this week. I can see someone getting dirt on the Yokozuna at least one more time, and it may as well be a nice kinboshi.

Natsu Storylines, Day 9

Who will take the yusho?

No major changes to the leaderboard on Day 9. Yokozuna Kakuryu, Sekiwake* Tochinoshin, and M8 Asanoyama are tied at the top with 8-1 records, with low-rankers M14 Enho and M15 Kotoeko one off the pace at 7-2, followed by a large and motley crew of 3-loss rikishi that runs the gamut from Ozeki to M16.

What do the torikumi makers have in store for the leaders in the days to come? Kakuryu gets Abi tomorrow, likely followed by Myogiryu and Ryuden before he tackles Tochinoshin and the two remaining Ozeki. Tochinoshin faces a tough opponent in Mitakeumi tomorrow, although he leads their rivalry 7-3. He should also get Abi and either Myogiryu or Ryuden as his remaning maegashira opponents, unless the schedule makers get creative and move up Asanoyama if he’s still in the yusho race a day or two from now. Then it’s on to Kakuryu, Goeido, and Takayasu. Given how reluctant the schedulers have been to deviate from the tradition of giving the top-ranked Yokozuna his opponents in (reverse) rank order, I’m guessing the much-anticipated clash of the current leaders will take place on Day 12 or 13.

Will Tochinoshin regain his Ozeki rank?

Eight wins down, two to go. Six bouts remain, two of them against maegashira opponents.

Who will occupy the San’yaku ranks in July?

With three slots slots likely to open, the current frontrunners are Abi, Asanoyama, and Tamawashi, followed closely by Ryuden. Because of all the withdrawals in the upper ranks, it’s Abi and Ryuden’s turn to go through the meat grinder starting tomorrow, when they face Kakuryu and Takayasu, respectively.

Who will be in Makuuchi in July?

Today’s much-needed 4th win moved M16w Ishiura off the hot seat for the time being, though he still needs 4 more in the remaining 6 days. M17e Chiyoshoma, 3-5, continues to lead the demotion race, and needs 5 wins to escape an arguably overdue drop. Replacing Ishiura on the hot seat is M14 Tokushoryu (2-6), who lost his 5th bout in a row and also needs 5 wins to ensure that his lucky return to the top division lasts more than one basho. Others with work left to do are M15 Terutsuyoshi (4-5), M13 Chiyomaru (3-6), M12 Yago (3-6), and M10 Kagayaki (2-7).

Down in Juryo, J2e Takagenji (9-0) now has a 3-win cushion in the yusho race and is guaranteed to make his top-division debut in July. J1e Toyonoshima (6-3) still needs two more victories to secure a quick return to Makuuchi. J3e Kyokushuho (5-4) and J5e Yutakayama (6-3) are in with a chance if they can go 4-2 or better the rest of the way.

Who will make the jump from upper Makushita to Juryo?

The promotion contender ranks are thinning out. Undefeated Takanofuji (Ms2w, 5-0) seems near-certain to return to the second division (the Taka twins are now a combined 14-0 and are strong yusho favorites in their respective divisions). Both Ms1’s hold 2-3 records and need to win out to qualify for promotion. Hoshoryu’s loss today dropped him to 2-3 and out of contention (though he can still get his kachi-koshi to stay in the Makushita joi). Ms2e Kotokamatani (3-2), Ms3e Ichiyamamoto (3-2), Ms3w Kizakiumi (4-1), and Ms4e Ryuko (4-1) remain in contention. The 4-1 duo have already faced off, with Kizakiumi handing Ryuko his lone loss on Day 1, but the schedulers seem certain to pair up Kotokamatani and Ichiyamamoto. And in a bout that will determine one of the two Makushita yusho finalists, Takanofuji should next face none other than 5-0 Naya!

Day 9 – Bouts from the lower divisions

Naya levitating Tsukahara

Another day of sumo in the books, and we are having our somewhat haphazard stroll through bouts in the lower divisions – ones to watch, and ones to take a surreptitious peek at.

Jonokuchi

We start with our gigantic friend, Toma, the road roller from Miyagino beya, who meets Ienoshima from Yamahibiki beya today:

Toma improves his way towards kachi-koshi.

Next up, famous Kitanowaka, here vs. Oba:

Kitanowaka’s legs look ridiculously longer than Oba’s. And he seems to have a bit of a koshi-daka issue (that is, he keeps his ass too high). But a win is a win.

Finally, we keep monitoring Toma’s steamrolled victim, Ito. Here against Sawanofuji from Isegahama:

Ito is in the Jonokuchi yusho race.

Jonidan

I asked for Toshonishiki footage, I got Toshonishiki footage. But alas, I didn’t get one of Toshonishiki winning. He suffers his first loss:

He loses not so much because of that ridiculous body size but because of a mistake that leaves him with his back to Tochikamiyama, who doesn’t miss the opportunity.

Sandanme

Shiraishi, the Sandanme tsuke-dashi from Tamanoi beya, continues his formidable performance:

No blinking. Fujisawa goes from tachiai to loss in one swoop.

Roga is facing Kototora. That is, a wolf faces a tiger.

The tiger nearly drives the wolf to the edge. After that Roga becomes a lot more careful, and manages to secure his third win.

I told you yesterday that Yoshoyama is doing well this basho, and managed to thoroughly jinx the poor Mongolian. Here he is, facing Hokutowaka:

Oops, sorry for the jinx, Tokitsukaze man.

Finally, if you want to see someone who is gaining self assurance from day to day and may well find himself back in the limelight come senshuraku, look no further than Amakaze, here against Tsugaruumi:

His tachiai is not something to write home about, though.

Makushita

Let’s start with Kyokusoten, who is having a really nice basho. Kyokusoten, if you recall, is Tamawashi’s brother-in-law, a tsukebito for hire (most recently Kakuryu’s), and a generally amiable fella.

At this rate he may find himself in the Makushita purgatory before long.

Take a look at Michael – the name in Japanese is “Maikeru”, which is rendered in kanji as “dance-kick”. He used to be Futagoyama’s pride until Roga showed up, but the competition within doesn’t seem to faze him:

He is now 5-0 and part of the Makushita yusho race.

We move on to the Makushita pixie, Midorifuji, who is facing the very popular Takakento (all Takas are popular):

Midorifuji, kind of like Enho’s bout today, is saved mostly by his speed and some luck avoiding the edge.

Next we move to some of our serious “Ones To Watch”, and first, a meeting between Ryuko and Kotokamatani. Both 3-1 coming into this bout.

Ryuko secures a tight morozashi, and manages to lift Kotokamatani out. Kotokamatani will have to wait for his kachi-koshi yet another day.

Hoshoryu faces Ichiyamamoto. Both 2-2 going into this match:

Ah… his hand touches the ground, and there is no recovery for the young Mongolian. Could he be on his way to his first Make-koshi? I’m sure he is going to get that angry phone call from his uncle soon.

Finally, we have Naya, the prince of Makushita. He faces Tsukahara, who is himself a “One To Watch”, with past championships in Jonokuchi and Jonidan:

Fierce tsuppari, followed by a wide pull, and Naya keeps himself in the yusho race.

Natsu Day 10 – Ones To Watch

Natsu Day 10 – Wakaichiro Fights Takataisho

Just a short preview of what matches we have in the lower divisions for our “Ones to Watch” cohort, with any luck Herouth will post one of her enjoyable video highlight posts. I will note that both Amakaze and Naya won on day 9, and are now 5-0, and continuing to bid for their division yusho. Kitanowaka also won, and through some odd numbers may still be able to contest for the Jonokuchi yusho.

Wakatakamoto vs Kizenryu – The loser of this match is kachi-koshi, and demoted further down the Makushita banzuke for Nagoya. After battling back from demotion down to Makushita 40 for Hatsu, we are certain that Wakatakamoto is motivated to “win out”. Kizenryu won their prior match, so it’s going to be a battle.

Akua vs Kaisho – The winner of this match is kachi-koshi, and will advance in rank for July. The pair have split their 2 prior matches, and they are quite even in terms of sumo. Battles like this are what make the top of Makushita the home of fantastic sumo action.

Musashikuni vs Genkaiho – Musashikuni is really looking non-genki right now. His matches have mostly come down to small mistakes that his opponents exploit to great effect. A loss today relegates him to make-koshi, and possibly demotion out of Makushita ranks.

Terunofuji vs Fujitaisei – The smaller and lighter Fujitaisei will have his hands full on day 10 against the former Ozeki. Terunofuji knocked himself out of the Sandanme yusho race with a poorly placed step, and I would guess his frustration will be focused in his sumo. We created the tag “Terunofuji’s Angry Yorikiri” a few years ago, with good reason.

Shoji vs Sumanoumi – Back in mid-Sandanment, Musashitgawa rikishi Shoji continues to plug away, in this 2-2 bracket match he’s up against Takadagawa heya’s Sumanoumi, who has been ranked as high as Sandanme 3.

Wakaichiro vs Takataisho – Our favorite Texan sumotori returns to the dohyo in Tokyo today for his 5th match. This 2-2 bracket fight is the next stepping stone to 4 wins for both me. Takataisho is a former Takanohana rikishi who moved under Chiganoura recently, and is about the same size as Wakaichiro, so an even fight.