January 2016, Day 15, Kotoshogiku v Goeido

I love Kotoshogiku’s pre-bout ritual. He slaps his thighs and backside, readjusts his mawashi, and stretches waaaay back one last time before throwing a huge handful of salt to the ceiling. Once he comes into the ring to face Goeido, you can almost see in his posture that he’s trying to calm himself before the biggest bout of his life. Once it starts, he pushes Goeido right to the edge, gets him leaning over the tawara, and when Goeido pushes back ‘Giku shoves his right hand into Goeido’s ribs and rolls him. Kotoshogiku wins his first ever Grand Championship.

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