November 2017, Day 6, Mitakeumi v Onosho

Like a violent, meaty, horizontal yo-yo, Mitakeumi and Onosho battle back and forth the length of the doyho several times before Mitakeumi prevails. Any guesses as to how Onosho loses? Yup, falling forward. Come on, Onosho, keep your feet under you. You not reading the blog or something?

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November 2017, Day 5, Goeido v Onosho

Onosho, again, loses falling forward. He’s got to keep his feet underneath him to have any success at the top of the division, especially against a wrestler skilled at winning in reverse, like Ozeki Goeido. Goeido stays perfect at 5-0.

November 2017, Day 4, Myogiryu v Aminishiki

Myogiryu does his best Superman impression, going totally horizontal and airborne trying to push out veteran Aminishiki. But Aminishiki is wily and has a mawashi full of Kryptonite, and Myogiryu crashes down to earth with a thud. Ami-chan sits pretty at 4-0.

 

November 2017, Day 3, Shohozan v Chiyonokuni

Great setup and execution by Chiyonokuni, taking the fight hard to Shohozan before a perfectly-timed yank on the back of Shohozan’s head. And right after absorbing a big slap to the face, too. Way to keep your head on straight.

November 2017, Day 2, Aminishiki v Kagayaki

Hatakikomi (slap down) is a technique usually employed as a last-gasp effort by a backpedaling wrestler to take advantage of an over-eager attack by the opponent. But Aminishiki uses it as offense, smashing face-first into Kagayaki at the tachiai, grabbing the back of his neck and yanking down with bad intent. A little flourish at the edge of the ring to make sure Kagayaki is down first, and Aminishiki cruises to his second win.

November 2017, Day 1, Harumafuji v Onosho

Yokozuna Harumafuji had to win six consecutive bouts to come from behind and steal the championship from Ozeki Goeido last tournament, and it looks like he’s already digging himself into an early hole this time around. It’s not a particularly pretty win for Onosho, with both men stumbling out of the ring gracelessly after Onosho slams down on Harumafuji’s neck forcing him to touch the ground, but he’ll take it. Onosho has spent only three tournaments in the top division, finishing each time with an outstanding 10-5 record, so he’s definitely earned his elevated rank of Komusubi (only three below Yokozuna). Let’s see if he can handle the toughest competition in the thin air at the very top of the division.

September 2017, Harumafuji Yusho Compilation

Yokozuna Harumafuji wins the September 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, earning his ninth top-division championship. He beat front-runner Ozeki Goeido on the last day to tie things up at 11-4, and then beat Goeido again in a single playoff bout to claim the title. Over the course of the tournament he used four different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (8), uwatedashinage (2), uwatenage (1) and shitatenage (1).