I’m chuffed. What a great day of action today! I’m not going to get ahead of myself here today. Let me know what you thought of today’s action in the comments. I thought it was absolutely bloody brilliant. That Ura/Hokuseiho bout. Wow. And there’s so much more tomorrow!
Endo (5-1) defeated Mitoryu (J3-3): No stealing Endo’s cash today. Mitoryu was massive compared to Endo, so it was an impressive display of power and skill just to get Mitoryu to the edge. From there, it was difficult for Endo to get a force out or push out victory because of that size. Mitoryu tried to pivot at the edge and Endo pressed into him. Mitoryu tried a kick but Endo pressed his knee into Mitoryu while shoving him in the opposite direction, forcing him to lose his balance and fall into the ring. Kirikaeshi.
Takarafuji (4-2) defeated Aoiyama (2-4): Maybe Takarafuji’s secret is patience. He weathered Aoiyama’s flurry of tsuppari until Aoiyama was apparently too tired to keep throwing hands. As he waited, he used excellent footwork to steadily press Aoiyama closer to the edge. When the V-twin ran out of gas, it was elementary to reach in, grab the belt and force him over the tawara. Yorikiri.
Daishoho (2-4) defeated Bushozan (1-5): That strategy of “Be Big” is enough to win sometimes. And Daishoho used that strategy effectively against Bushozan. He kept Bushozan in front of him and steadily cut off his options to advance, forcing him to the edge and over. Yorikiri.
Hakuoho (4-2) defeated Gonoyama (5-1): The mummy was gone. None of the shoulder tape on Hakuoho. Maybe he blamed it for his loss yesterday? That’s not to say the shoulder injury is gone, obviously, but perhaps it was limiting him when he’d try to extend and reach in to get a belt grip. The slapdown is an effective option when a belt grip is difficult to achieve. Gonoyama’s tsuppari was effective at keeping Hakuoho at arm’s length. But Hakuoho employed a subtle shift and well-timed slapdown while blocking Gonoyama’s right arm. Hatakikomi.
Ryuden (2-4) defeated Kotoshoho (2-4): Ryuden used the same strategy as Takarafuji, just weather Kotoshoho’s attack and move forward. Kotoshoho’s tsuppari was utterly useless against Ryuden as he just shrugged it off and advanced into Kotoshoho, forcing him back and over the edge. Yorikiri.
Chiyoshoma (3-3) defeated Shonannoumi (4-1): An impressive force out win by Chiyoshoma. He did an excellent job corralling Shonannoumi at the edge and getting low, pressing up against the big man to stagger him backwards, and then kicking to move him a bit closer to the tawara. Finally, it was brute force as he shoved Shonannoumi over the edge. Yorikiri.
Takanosho (1-5) defeated Tsurugisho (1-5): The futility derby was lost by Tsurugisho. Takanosho did not need much of an attack to drive Tsurugisho back and over the edge. Tsurugisho had no offensive firepower and offered no resistance. Yorikiri.
Hokutofuji (5-1) defeated Kotoeko (3-3): I always have to give respect when a wrestler abandons their preferred attack to beat their opponent with their own technique. Hokutofuji gave up the tsuppari and let Kotoeko engage in a grapple. Kotoeko was clearly uncomfortable and over-extended with that overarm grip with his left arm. He was stretched pretty far. I think this let Hokutofuji control the pace and move Kotoeko around the ring. At the edge, Kotoeko used his left leg on the tawara and tried to twist, maybe sukuinage attempt. This gave Hokutofuji an even deeper belt grip on the knot of the mawashi and he pressed him down to the ground from behind. Okuritaoshi.
Kinbozan (4-2) defeated Sadanoumi (1-4): When Sadanoumi tried a slapdown, Kinbozan maintained his balance, got low and forced Sadanoumi to the edge. Sadanoumi resisted as much as he could but Kinbozan’s strength and persistence was eventually too much and he drove him over the edge.
Myogiryu (3-3) defeated Nishikifuji (3-3): Quick hatakikomi win by Myogiryu as Nishikifuji tried to advance after the tachiai.
Tamawashi (5-1) defeated Hiradoumi (1-5): This is that efficiency I mentioned. No wild brawls. First, a slapdown attempt to pull Hiradoumi in. Then he wrapped up his right arm and pressed forward, forcing Hiradoumi out. Yorikiri.
Onosho (2-4) defeated Takayasu (5-1): Onosho stayed low and drove into Papayasu. But Takayasu’s real mistake was to execute a pull with no room to pull. He was already near the edge and without a good grip, he couldn’t hope for a twisting throw. The hatakikomi failed. Oshidashi.
Asanoyama (4-2) defeated Oho (2-4): Oho tried tsuppari and then a pull but Asanoyama kept his footing and advanced, trapping Oho at the edge for the force out. Yorikiri.
Ura (4-2) defeated Hokuseiho (3-3): EPIC WIN BY URA! I called it. For once, I was right! Ura had to get behind Hokuseiho and press him out. Okuridashi is an effective tool for opponents with a significant mass deficit because if you’re behind your opponent they cannot grab you or shove you. That’s not to say it’s easy. I tried this when I got in the ring last month against Tooyama. There is a lot of weight to move and I have clearly not done enough shiko. But Ura swole.
**Update** I added the video from the sumokyokai Instagram.
Tobizaru (3-3) defeated Mitakeumi (0-6): Mitakeumi’s right hand grip was not powerful enough to drive Tobizaru over the edge. An uninjured Mitakeumi would have won right there. You had him on the ropes! Injured Mitakeumi let Tobizaru off. Then Tobizaru chased Mitakeumi around the ring with slapdown attempts, eventually working his way behind the bigger wrestler. Okuridashi.
Nishikigi (6-0) defeated Abi (3-3): Nishikigi took Takarafuji’s strategy from the early bouts and leveraged it against Abi. Patience. Abi made a big mistake with a pulldown attempt, putting himself on the ropes. Nishikigi obliged and shoved him out. Oshidashi.
Kotonowaka (4-2) defeated Daieisho (4-2): Oh, that was beautiful. Kotonowaka had to endure a lot of abuse but when Daieisho had him at the edge and moved in for the kill, Kotonowaka shifted and forced him down. Tsukiotoshi. Very nearly a hatakikomi if he’d pushed him down from the back of the head/shoulders area but it’s the same idea. Deflect and use Daieisho’s extended attack against him.
Hoshoryu (5-1) defeated Midorifuji (1-5): Hoshoryu wrangled Midorifuji with both arms and slung him to the side. This forced Midorifuji to try to retreat…but Hoshoryu had both of his arms locked up! As Midorifuji was desperately trying to back away, Hoshoryu dragged him into his extended right leg. Sotogake.
Wakamotoharu (4-2) defeated Meisei (2-4) and breathes a sigh of relief. He starts with a nerves induced matta…Wakamotoharu knows his Ozeki-run is already precarious with two losses. He could only afford one more. Meisei engaged at the tachiai but a clever shift and effective slapdown means WMH takes another step toward Ozeki.
Kirishima (2-2-2) defeated Shodai (2-4): Kirishima shoved Shodai hard and when Shodai brought his upper body forward to resist, Kirishima grabbed him with the left and pressed down with the right, forcing Shodai to the floor…hard. Tsukiotoshi.
Welp, it’s been great filling in for Bruce. Congratulations on the new addition! There has been so much action this week and a lot of news…not all of it good. I hope Kaiju heals and comes back strong in September. Nishikigi has torn through sanyaku, though it is was a depleted field. Fusen win from Kirishima and no Takakeisho. He will face Kotonowaka tomorrow to round it out before taking on rank-and-filers from nakabi. Takayasu and Gonoyama fell off the pace today, leaving Nishikigi out front alone. All three Ozeki runs are still intact but there’s a lot of action to come and a couple will probably fall short as they cannibalize each other at the end of next week. And then there’s just been a lot of wild bouts and a whole lot of action. Thank you, Ura!