Quiz ! How much can you remember about the Aki Basho 2020 ?

As usual, this year’s Aki basho has been truly wacky. It was really fun watching it, though. Let’s have more fun with our favorite wrestlers: how much can we remember about the just finished tournament?

1. “Wacky Aki” is called so for good reasons. How many rikishi could compete, but not the whole fifteen days?

Note: rikishi who have been kyujo the whole time (0-0-15) do not count!

a. Four

b. Six

c. Eight

d. Ten

2. How many of these rikishi have returned to compete, after sitting out at least one day ?

a. Three

b. Four

c. Five

d. Six

3. And how many wins have these rikishi snatched combined, after returning from injury ?

a. Two

b. Four

c. Six

d. Eight

4. Two rikishi have finished with a 11-4 record: the surprise newcomer Tobizaru, and…

a. Wakatakakage

b. Onosho

c. Asanoyama

d. Takanosho

A remarkable newcomer! Tobizaru Masaya

5. This one’s tricky: taking into account rikishi who fought the fifteen days only, who holds the worst record ?

a. Shohozan

b. Terutsuyoshi

c. Okinoumi

d. Endo

6. How many wins have earned the makuuchi newcomers combined?

a. Seventeen

b. Nineteen

c. Twenty one

d. Twenty three

7. Which one of these rikishi has got his kashi koshi ?

a. Kagayaki

b. Sadanoumi

c. Aoiyama

d. Tokushoryu

8. And which one could not avoid being make koshi ?

a. Ichinojo

b. Meisei

c. Kotoeko

d. Kaisei

9. Which rikishi has won the most consecutive bouts ?

a. Asanoyama

b. Tobizaru

c. Wakatakakage

d. Shodai

10. Once again, not counting rikishi who went kyujo at some point: who has had the poorest streak?

a. Myogiryu

b. Tokushoryu

c. Terutsuyoshi

d. Shohozan

11. How many yusho winners were fighting as maegashira ?

a. Four

b. Five

c. Six

d. Seven

12. That’s more than the number of yusho winners who were sitting in san’yaku.

a. True

b. False

13. Takakeisho came close, but the ozeki ended up one win away from matching Shodai’s record. During which tournament did an ozeki win the Cup for the last time?

a. September 2015

b. January 2016

c. September 2016

d. January 2017

Ozeki Takakeisho finished with a 12-3 record: good, but not enough to lift the Cup

14. Shodai’s first yusho earned him a deserved ozeki promotion. Since January 2018 (included), how many basho have seen a first time yusho winner ?

a. Five

b. Six

c. Seven

d. Eight

15. And finally, one question about juryo. Which one of this statements is true?

a. Akiseyama and Akua have ended up runner up

b. Chiyonokuni won the yusho with a three win margin

c. One makuuchi yusho winner was competing

d. Three rikishi have not competed due to the Covid crisis

Eyeing an impressive makuuchi return: Chiyonokuni Toshiki

The answers:

1. “Wacky Aki” is called so for good reasons. How many rikishi could compete, but not the whole fifteen days?

Note: rikishi who have been kyujo the whole time (0-0-15) do not count!

c. Eight. Endo, Terunofuji, Yutakayama, Kiribayama, Chiyotairyu, Kotoshogiku, Ishiura, Kyokutaisei.

Were excluded from that list: Hakuho, Kakuryu and Abi. Almost a third of the competitors went kyujo at some point. Seriously.

2. How many of these rikishi have returned to compete, after sitting out at least one day ?

a. Three. Ishiura, Kotoshogiku and Kiribayama. With various fortunes.

Will we ever see him again on a dohyo? Kotoshogiku Kazuhiro

3. And how many have these rikishi snatched combined, after returning from injury ?

d. Eight. Ishiura won four out of eight. Poor Kotoshogiku won just one out of eight. Kiribayama won of his three bouts!

4. Two rikishi have finished with a 11-4 record: the surprise newcomer Tobizaru, and…

a. Wakatakakage. The three others finished with a 10-5 record. The youngest Onami brother will be on the joi next tournament, meaning he’ll normally face yokozuna and ozeki opponents.

5. This one’s tricky: taking into account rikishi who fought the fifteen days only, who holds the worst record ?

c. Okinoumi. Yes, Okinoumi, Jason’s favorite rikishi. More awkwardly, the komusubi, with a forgettable 4-11 record. Shohozan and Terutsuyoshi went 5-10, while Endo went 3-9-3 and thus could not be counted.

6. How many wins have earned the makuuchi newcomers combined?

b. Nineteen. Tobizaru’s 11, and Hoshoryu’s 8. No make koshi between these two. Not bad.

A convincing makuuchi debut: Hoshoryu Tomokatsu

7. Which one of these rikishi has got his kashi koshi ?

a. Kagayaki, with an eigth win on senshuraku. The three others finished 7-8.

8. And which one could not avoid being make koshi ?

d. Kaisei, with a last day loss. Ichinojo and Kotoeko went 8-7, Meisei 9-6.

9. Which rikishi has won the most consecutive bouts ?

a. Asanoyama. The ozeki went 0-3, then 10-3, then 10-5. So that’s a ten win streak. Shodai and Wakatakakage have enjoyed a strong run as well, with eight win in a row. Tobizaru has won five in a row.

10. Once again, not counting rikishi who went kyujo at some point: who has had the poorest streak?

d. Shohozan. The poor veteran lost the first eight bouts. Myogiryu, Tokushoryu and Terutsuyoshi have lost six in a row. They did not end up that bad, though, with 6, 7 and 5 wins respectively.

11. How many yusho winners were fighting as maegashira ?

b. Five : Terunofuji, Tamawashi, Tochinoshin, Tokushoryu and Kotoshogiku.

12. That’s more than the number of yusho winners who were sitting in san’yaku.

b. False. San’yaku contained five grand champions as well: Hakuho, Kakuryu, Asanoyama, Takakeisho and Mitakeumi.

13. Takakeisho came close, but the ozeki ended up one win away from matching Shodai’s report. During which tournament did an ozeki win the Cup for the last time?

d. January 2017. It was Kisenosato’s long awaited first yusho win. Goeido won it in September 2016, Kotoshogiku in January 2016, and Kakuryu, already a yokozuna, in September 2015.

14. Shodai’s first yusho earned him a deserved ozeki promotion. Since January 2018 (included), how many basho have seen a first time yusho winner ?

c. Seven. Tochinoshin, Mitakeumi, Takakeisho, Tamawashi, Asanoyama, Tokushoryu and Shodai. Makuuchi chaos.

15. And finally, one question about juryo. Which one of this statements is true?

b. Chiyonokuni won the yusho with a three win margin. He finished with a remarkable 14-1 record. Akiseyama and Midorifuji were runner up, with a 11-4 record. Akua finished the tournament with 10 wins. No makuuchi yusho winner was competing.

Finally, only two juryo rikishi from Tamanoi beya were hospitalized: Azumaryu and Fujiazuma. Kizakiumi, on the other hand, wasn’t competing because of a persistant neck injury that, sadly, prompted him to retire.

5 thoughts on “Quiz ! How much can you remember about the Aki Basho 2020 ?

  1. Question 12 got me. Obviously I was only counting guys who showed up, so there were clearly more Maegashira Yusho winners ;)
    1 I guessed right, but didn’t remember Kykokutaisei, but 7 just wasn’t an option ;)
    2 was easy
    3 I was pretty sure
    4 was easy
    5 I wasn’t sure between Shohzan and Okinoumi, but guessed right.
    6 I was wondering a bit if Hoshoryu and Tobizaru were the only Newcomers, but with the numbers it was easy.
    7 and 8 were a bit difficult, cause outside of Hoshoryu my attention to the lower ranks was apparently not so sharp on Senshuraku. I was kinda sure that Kagayaki won, but couldn’t even recollect it was against Kaisei, so one miss here.
    9 I didn’t know the other streaks, but was pretty sure that the 10 were the longest.
    10 same here, I remembered that 0-8.
    11 watched them all
    12 See above
    13 I’m a die hard Kise fan, so that was easy
    14 was difficult, it’s so many that I was really scratching my head a while and still wasn’t sure if I didn’t miss one, but in the end I got them
    15 I was 95% sure on the right answer from the start, but have to admit I thought hard for at least a minute, if there was some Makuuchi Yusho winner hiding. Just two bashos removed that would have been correct.

    So 13-2 with a little bit guessing. In 2 weeks from now that would probably go down to a mere 8-7 kachikoshi;-)
    I think the selection of questions was better than last time, were some felt a bit artificially constructed.

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