May 2017, Day 15, Daishomaru v Ura

Ura, man, that’s kinda not cool. Everyone knows your tachiai is a little weird, you don’t charge forward with full effort, and that’s part of your style. But today you literally stepped backwards. Granted, hooking under the leg of Daishomaru and swinging him out with the beltless arm throw was a nice finish. But your 11-4 record is going to mean a good promotion next tournament, and it’ll be interesting to see how some really top-notch wrestlers handle your unorthodox sumo. Good luck!

May 2017, Day 14, Ichinojo v Daishomaru

Ichinojo moves at a glacial pace, pushing out Daishomaru with the feel of inevitability. Both “The Glacier” and Daishomaru have earned kachikoshi winning records of 8-6.

May 2017, Day 13, Daishomaru v Takakeisho

That little smile from Daishomaru isn’t just because he threw down Takakeisho by the face. It’s also because he finally ended a five-tournament streak of losing records, picking up the all-important eighth win on Day 13. Takakeisho has a good record of 9-4 in only his third top-division tournament.

May 2017, Day 10, Tochinoshin v Daishomaru

The first time Tochinoshin and Daishomaru crash into each other, the head judge seated ringside calls a “matta,” as Daishomaru didn’t get his hands down adequately. Tochinoshin doesn’t mind, as Daishomaru got the best of him and he’d love a rematch. The second try has the same result, matta, but Tochinoshin looks a little peeved this time to undo what would have been his victory. The third try goes off without a hitch, and Tochinoshin takes out his frustration on Daishomaru with a furious attack that leaves nothing to chance. Tochinoshin earns his winning record of 8-2, while Daishomaru drops to 6-4.

May 2017, Day 9, Daishomaru v Ishiura

Daishomaru falls right into Ishiura’s trap, stumbling forward while Ishiura grabs onto his right arm and shoulder to pull him down by katasukashi (under shoulder swing down).

May 2017, Day 8, Arawashi v Daishomaru

Daishomaru’s record advances to an impressive 6-2 with today’s smooth sukuinage (beltless arm throw) victory over Arawashi. Getting his left arm underneath Arawashi’s right arm and around his back, Daishomaru shifts his hips and flips his opponent head over heels. Arawashi falls to 1-7.

May 2017, Day 1, Onosho v Daishomaru

Onosho gets welcomed to his first bout as a top-division wrestler by Daishomaru, who circles away from Onosho while hugging the edge of the ring. Daishomaru shows excellent ring awareness, keeping his feet just inside the tawara as Onosho finally topples to the ground to his first loss.