Kaisei (4-1) defeated Daiamami (2-3): Kaisei doing Kaisei things. Solid belt grip, leanfest, and when Daiamami relaxed, Kaisei suddenly launched forward, pushing Daiamami over the bales. Yoritaoshi.
Chiyomaru (4-1) vs Tsurugisho (1-4): Chiyomaru drove straight into Tsurugisho and pushed him off the ledge. Tsurugisho is not 100%. He’s not near 100%. Either kyujo is imminent or Juryo beckons. Nice to see that bright green mawashi back in prime time. Tsukidashi.
Hidenoumi (3-2) defeated Kotoeko (3-2): Hidenoumi put up with Kotoeko humping his leg for a little bit longer than I’m comfortable with. Rather than attack or take any offensive, he just absorbed whatever power Kotoeko would put into it, with his left arm wrapped around Kotoeko’s right. As he resisted the urge to lash out at the terrier yapping at his ankles, he’d occasionally try a half-hearted kotenage with that grip he had on Kotoeko’s arm. But all the while he was waiting, biding his time…, there! Hidenoumi found an opening where he could shift and latch on with his left hand onto Kotoeko’s belt and drive him down to the ground with the right. Uwatenage.
Terutsuyoshi (3-2) defeated Yutakayama (1-4): Along with Tsurugisho and Endo, Yutakayama is on my list of imminent kyujo. Terutsuyoshi sidestepped the tachiai but likely didn’t need to. He established a solid grip on Yutakayama’s belt and led him out of the ring. Maybe they need to put some Wheaties in the chanko over there at Tokitsukaze beya. Yorikiri.
Chiyoshoma (3-2) defeated Akiseyama (3-2): Snidely Whiplash may be turning a new leaf. No henka, but we did get some harizashi. After that, though, we got a solid grapple. The wily Chiyoshoma puts his legs to work kicking out at Akiseyama and trying that leg wrap thing…you know…the one that’s in the kama sutra? I think there’s a statue of it on a temple somewhere. Yeah, that. That didn’t work but he kept the pressure on while Akiseyama was definitely in a defensive mode, waiting to counter attack. He didn’t get the chance because Chiyoshoma kicked out again, connecting with Akiseyama’s right leg and pulled him down by the belt to finish him off. Uwatedashinage.
Aoiyama (4-1) defeated Chiyotairyu (2-3): Power sumo from Aoiyama as he forced Chiyotairyu back and out. Oshidashi.
Chiyonokuni (4-1) defeated Ryuden (1-4): Let’s add Ryuden to the list of guys who may need a break. Chiyonokuni drove him backwards to the tawara and his hips kinda gave way there. Whether it was the knees or his hips, his lower body just kinda buckled and he sat on the dohyo. Tsukitaoshi.
Tobizaru (3-2) defeated Midorifuji (2-3): Worth the price of admission. Great bout. Midorifuji started on the offensive but when his initial attack was parried, the two settled into a grapple at the center of the ring with Tobizaru on a right-hand inside and Midorifuji left-hand outside. Tobizaru tried to headbutt Midorifuji but that only seemed to irritate as Midorifuji continued to claw at Tobizaru’s belt with his free right hand. Afraid of that morozashi, Tobizaru grabbed Midorifuji’s right hand and the two continued to tango there in the center of the ring. As both tired of playing defense, they both got hold of each others’ belt. Tobizaru began to push forward and as Midorifuji flailed, Tobizaru spun Midorifuji around and with a brutal nodowa, lifted Midorifuji’s chin skyward until he dropped off the edge of the dohyo. Yorikiri.
Hoshoryu (2-3) defeated Kotonowaka (1-4): Kotonowaka’s size seemed to keep him in this match. He didn’t appear to have any offensive plan at all, instead waiting out whatever Hoshoryu would do. Both locked into a yotsu battle, Kotonowaka with an outside left, Hoshoryu’s inside right. Kotoshoho finally launched an attack, trying to crab-walk Hoshoryu across the ring but Hoshoryu let go with his right, shifted to his left, and forced Kotonowaka down by twisting that right arm back. Ow. That looked uncomfortable. Tsukiotoshi.
Tamawashi (3-2) defeated Kagayaki (3-2): Kagayaki backed Tamawashi to the bales but that’s when Tamawashi unleashed those brutal nodowa. He shoved Kagayaki back across the ring. When the soles of Kagayaki’s feet reached the tawara, his fire safety training suddenly kicked in and he stopped, dropped and rolled away. Seriously. There’s video. I’m not joking. Oshitaoshi.
Tochinoshin (3-2) defeated Okinoumi (1-4): Didn’t I just say that it was great that Tochinoshin was branching out and using new toolsets? Well, back to skycrane, power sumo mode today. Okinoumi did all he could to resist but Tochinoshin powered Okinoumi over the bales for his third win. Yorikiri.
Myogiryu (5-0) defeated Ichinojo (3-2): Ichinojo did not capitulate in this bout but he did get out-played. Ichinojo wanted to pull and perform a hatakikomi but Myogiryu was wise to it, maintained his balance, and enjoyed the fact that Ichinojo’s tactic had put the giant’s back to the bales. To escape, Ichinojo slapped Myogiryu’s hands away and bulled forward, a bit off-balance. Myogiryu came back behind and when Ichinojo turned back around, he was again right at the tawara – just on the opposite side. From there, Myogiryu gave the weary boulder a gentle prod to push him out of the ring. Yorikiri.
Endo (2-3) defeated Shimanoumi (1-4): Shimanoumi’s plan seemed to be, “let Endo push to the bales with me as deadweight, butsukari-style, then I’ll twist and push him down.” Endo didn’t go down. Yorikiri.
Takayasu (4-1) defeated Kiribayama (2-3): Takayasu pressed forward, cut off any hope of escape for Kiribayama. Oshidashi.
Daieisho (1-4) defeated Mitakeumi (3-2): ********! Blistering Blue Barnacles! At a “meh” tachiai, winless Daieisho hit Mitakeumi a few times about the shoulders with some tsuppari so Mitakeumi decides to pull and gets pushed out instead. So much for any Ozeki run or yusho talk. I mean seriously, what the heck kind of capitulation was that? Oshidashi.
Takanosho (4-1) defeated Takarafuji (0-5): Takanosho launched like a missile into Takarafuji and drove him back. Takarafuji tried to resist at the tawara but Takanosho prevailed. Oshidashi.
Onosho (2-3) defeated Terunofuji (4-1): This bout ended the way I thought yesterday’s bout would. Terunofuji with both of his opponent’s arms wrapped up like he’s going to perform a kimedashi…but the strong opponent makes good use of better body position to force Terunofuji backwards and out.
Yesterday, when Terunofuji was backed to the bales, he was able to pivot. That had forced Meisei to have to push the Kaiju all the way back across the dohyo. But on the way, Terunofuji wrenched Meisei’s left arm for a kotenage. Today was much the same deal but Onosho did not let Terunofuji pivot and was not going to be easily tipped over the bales. Instead, he successfully corralled Terunofuji, cut off the dohyo and forced him over the bales.
Wakatakakage (2-3) defeated Shodai (2-3): Shodai absorbed Wakatakakage’s initial charge and worked him over to the bales. But rather than cutting off his escape or getting low and just forcing him over, Shodai backs up, brings his right arm down with a weak hatakikomi attempt that missed. Since Shodai was too damn high, Wakatakakage’s forward and upward pressure accelerated Shodai back and over the bales. Damn pulls. Forward, Shodai! You had him! Arg! Yori-freaking-kiri.
Hokutofuji (3-2) defeated Takakeisho (3-2): This bout began like any other Takakeisho win. Solid tachiai, Takakeisho drives his opponent back to the bales with forceful thrusts. But at the bales, Hokutofuji escaped to his right with T-Rex in pursuit. While retreating, Hokutofuji alternately launches into the Ozeki and then falls back. But then, suddenly, something weird happened. Hokutofuji stopped going backwards and moved forward, driving into Takakeisho.
Takakeisho simply could not stop Hokutofuji when Hokutofuji switched “on.” He almost toyed with the Ozeki. Afterwards, as Asanoyama climbed to the dohyo, the camera panned over to the Ozeki, seating ringside. Panting in defeat, he seemed to be going over the bout in his mind, “how did that happen?”
How did it happen? I’ll tell you. He pounced when T-Rex turned his back to the tawara. For the few seconds before, while chasing, it was either Hokutofuji’s back to the tawara, or both were sideways going around the ring. Hokutofuji turned back into the ring and Takakeisho followed and turned his back to the tawara. That’s when he immediately stopped retreating, summoned all of his strength, and moved forward. He cut off Takakeisho’s outlet for escape and I think T had tired from his initial strong charge and didn’t have enough in the tank to overcome Hokutofuji’s sudden attack. Oshitaoshi.
Hokutofuji, please don’t take these big wins and then coast to a 6-9 or 7-8 record. I want to see this desire and force for the full 15 days. You could be an Ozeki with this fighting spirit.
Asanoyama (4-1) defeated Meisei (2-3): Meisei seemed worn out. He met Asanoyama solidly at the tachiai, secured a decent belt grip with the right hand but could not make forward progress. Asanoyama drove him back to the bales where Meisei tried to escape to the right. But the Ozeki got the job done and escorted Meisei over the bales.
The Kaiju fell, two Ozeki lost, and Myogiryu leads, alone. What more is there to say, other than Juryo is looking exciting?