The Kyokai has released the list of sekitori bouts for Day 1. Any notion of Terunofuji’s appearance is gone. He is kyujo. Lone Ozeki, Takakeisho, will take on Wakamotoharu in the musubi-no-ichiban whose brother, Wakatakakage, will seek to get his Ozeki-run off on the right foot with Meisei. The Hoshoryu vs Tobizaru bout, though, will be fire (as the kids say).
Takayasu versus Daieisho will be a challenging return to Sanyaku for the grizzled veteran. Remember, one of these men has won a yusho. Mitakeumi will face Shodai in probably the least anticipated bout of the tournament. Kiribayama will have his hands full with Tamawashi… Well, okay, it may be more appropriate to say Tamawashi will have his hands full of Kiribayama’s face. I do think his tsuppari will rule the day. And for our final sanyaku bout, I guess the first one, chronologically, Kotonowaka will welcome yusho winner, Abi.