(Thanksgiving Holiday commentary hiatus)
Smoove like buttah. That’s all there is to say about this perfect uwatenage (overarm throw) by Chiyoshoma.
Chiyoshoma’s all like, “Get your chin outta here,” and Takarafuji’s all like, “As if! I like my chin where it is, you get your whole body outta here!” And then he proceeds to throw him out. Uwatenage (overarm throw) for the win.
Great katasukashi (under shoulder swing down) by Chiyoshoma, who gets both hands around Tochinoshin’s left shoulder and torques hard until the taller wrestler rolls off the dohyo.
Newbie Yutakayama gets rag-dolled by the speedy Chiyoshoma, who leaps forward for the deep, deep belt grip on the right side. Using Yutakayama’s momentum off the initial charge against him, Chiyoshoma cranks hard with his right hand and Yutakayama leaves the ground, floating through the air like an autumn leaf before hitting the ground not at all like an autumn leaf. Uwatenage (overarm throw) win for Chiyoshoma, who is happy to get his eighth win. Yutakayama, finishing the tournament at 4-11, will almost certainly drop back down to Juryo next tournament to regroup and hopefully get some more experience.
Chiyoshoma slams his right hand home low on the front of Okinoumi’s belt (nice aim, by the way, a little lower and it would have been a disaster) and uses it to attach himself low against Okinoumi’s chest. From there it’s academic as Chiyoshoma ushers Okinoumi out in a hurry, and the two go crashing to the clay. Both men finish the day at 6-7, needing to win out to avoid demotion.
Chiyoshoma bounces off Takarafuji at the tachiai but manages to grab a left-handed underarm belt grip and fight back from the edge of the ring. Withering under Takarafuji’s relentless pressure, he tries a last-gasp underarm throw from the left side. But Takarafuji doesn’t budge and Chiyoshoma’s torso is tilted over from his own efforts, so Takarafuji says “thank you very much” and completes an overarm throw from the same side.