(Thanksgiving Holiday commentary hiatus)
Chiyotairyu holds his own at the tachiai against Ozeki Goeido, as the two men smash into each other with great vigor. The match is a fine display of tsuppari (slaps/thrusts) and general shoving, with Chiyotairyu using his bulk well to control the more experienced Goeido. Goiedo loses for the first time this tournament, joining a large contingent of 5-1 wrestlers right behind undefeated Yokozuna Hakuho.
When ‘Giku’s firing on all cylinders, you have to bring your A-game. Chiyotairyu does not bring his A-game. His game is, at best, somewhere in the low Cs.
No drama here, as Chiyotairyu gives up the morozashi (double under) position to the Yokozuna right at the tachiai, and has absolutely no chance to recover. Hakuho does his job and moves to 4-0, tied for the early tournament lead with Ozeki pair Goeido and Takayasu, M4 Ichinojo, and veteran M13 Aminishiki.
Yokozuna Kisenosato loses the tachiai to Chiyotairyu, getting driven back off the shikiri-sen. But he keeps his composure, fights back, keeps his feet moving, and quickly takes Chiyotairyu out the other side of the dohyo. Nice posture at the end, not getting overextended. Kisenosato is 2-1.
Chiyotairyu beats Yoshikaze at his own game, a solid, straightforward pushing attack that crumples Yoshikaze. No fuss, no muss.
Back in action after missing most of last tournament due to injury, Ozeki Takayasu seems to be taking it easy on the first day against Chiyotairyu. He’ll need eight wins to avoid demotion from the Ozeki rank since he’s on kadoban status (no exceptions, even for injury), but he looks solid enough in this second-and-a-half of action.