January 2018, Day 5, Yoshikaze v Kisenosato

Oh, the indignity. Yokozuna Kisenosato pulls off a nice reversal to get Yoshikaze backed up against the straw, but Yoshikaze ends up with a double-underarm belt grip (morozashi) that he uses to reverse the reversal. And then Yoshikaze puts the hammer down, sending the Yokozuna tumbling off the dohyo to the floor below. Yikes. Kisenosato’s a big guy, and shouldn’t be so easily moved. He says he’s recovered from his injury, but his 1-4 record speaks otherwise. Any bets on whether or not he drops out?


January 2018, Day 4, Kotoshogiku v Kisenosato

Uh oh. Things are looking dire for Yokozuna Kisenosato, losing for the third time in four days. Not the way he wanted to start this tournament. Props to Kotoshogiku, using his torso to take Kisenosato over sideways before finishing the deal with a shove in the ribs to earn his first win.

January 2018, Day 2, Hokutofuji v Kisenosato

Big sigh of relief for Kisenosato fans, as the Yokozuna picks up his first win of the tournament against a tough opponent and looks good doing it. He shows good mobility, and appears to have no trouble using either of his arms for shoving or defense. Hopefully this means he’s healthy and ready to challenge a strong Hakuho and a refreshed Kakuryu for the championship.

January 2018, Day 1, Takakeisho v Kisenosato

Speaking of healthy Yokozuna, it’s hard to tell if Kisenosato is operating at 100% yet. Takakeisho is on a roll, so it might just be that Takakeisho would have been too much for anyone to handle today, but it’s disappointing for the Yokozuna to lose on the first day. Their schedule only gets harder as the tournament goes on. Nice work by Takakeisho to grab onto Kisenosato’s arm and throw him down, reversing the position at the edge of the ring with the tottari (arm bar throw). The ring judges call a conference and reverse the referee’s initial decision, giving the win (and a fat stack of cash envelopes) to Takakeisho.