Takayasu’s the first wrestler in Makuuchi into safety. Tonight, Terunofuji and Chiyonokuni could join him. The good news is that my card has all three. The bad news is, none of them are on the same rank, file, or on a diagonal. Unfortunately, I also have Hakuho, Kakuryu, and Kotoshoho. Even worse, Kakuryu and Kotoshoho are blocking Takayasu on my card.
When I first saw the card, I thought the top line was my best shot. Hakuho’s kyujo put an end to that; the pair of Daieisho and Takarafuji have not performed as well as I’d hoped. Kotoshoho is also blocking another great row with Hidenoumi, Mitakeumi, Takanosho, and Tobizaru.
Chiyonokuni’s success is also wasted on my card, blocked by Hakuho and then Tochinoshin and Onosho for the block on the bottom row. And then as for Terunofuji, Tsurugisho and Daiamami need to rally for the second row to pay off while Mitakeumi has been fading. I think his right leg is injured because several times it does not seem that it can support much more than his own weight, much less a 150kg+ opponent. Unfortunately, if he doesn’t make his kachi-koshi, that will block both diagonals.
In the end, I do think this card has a chance to get kachi-koshi but it will definitely not be early this week, if at all.