May 2017, Day 15, Ichinojo v Chiyotairyu

Chiyotairyu defeats The Glacier with the world’s slowest matador side-step that still manages to confuse Ichinojo as he stumbles on by. Both men finish the tournament with winning records – Chiyotairyu at 9-6, and Ichinojo at 8-7.

May 2017, Day 12, Terunofuji v Shodai

Ozeki Terunofuji needs all the techniques in his skillset to overcome the shifting defenses of Shodai. Shodai does well to recover from a brutal armlock throw and some fierce nodowa (throat push) and tsuppari slaps, but ends up in an headlock before somehow letting Terunofuji (not the most mobile of wrestlers) end up behind him. Terunofuji pushes out Shodai from behind for the okuridashi win, improving to 10-2 and still in championship contention. Shodai has a winning record of 8-5.

May 2017, Day 12, Hokutofuji v Ura

Ura swings hard at Hokutofuji at the tachiai, trying to drive him to the left. But Hokutofuji holds his ground and squares up with Ura, tangling arms in an attempt to control the tricky wrestler’s body. It doesn’t work. Ura jumps sideways and backwards, ending up behind Hokutofuji as Hokutofuji stumbles by on his way out of the ring. Hokutofuji already has a winning record of 8-4, but he’d love to add more to the win column and earn a better promotion. Ura has compiled an outstanding record of 10-2 in only his second tournament in the top division. He’s still in the title hunt with three days remaining.

May 2017, Day 11, Ura v Shodai

Yesterday Shodai reversed his position against Sokokurai and slipped out of danger for the win. Today he gets a taste of his own medicine when Ura seemingly vanishes out of thin air, reappearing behind him and ushering Shodai out for the okuridashi (rear push out) victory. Ura improves to an impressive 9-2, still in contention for the championship, while Shodai finishes the day at 8-3.

May 2017, Day 5, Onosho v Myogiryu

Onosho is holding his own in his first top-division tournament. He manhandles Myogiryu for his fourth straight win, showing a solid base and a quick-step spin move. Once behind Myogiryu he makes sure his feet keep up with his hips. Great technique and body control.

May 2017, Day 3, Ishiura v Ura

It’s the Mighty Mouse Matchup! Both men come out tentatively at first, arms extended to push against the shoulders of the other. Ishiura winds up with a big left-handed slap to Ura’s face, and the sound resonates through the arena. A couple of ill-advised pull attempts later (does he really think Ura’s going to over-extend like that?) and Ishiura is suddenly facing the wrong direction. Ura stays centered and focused on his opponent, and pushes Ishiura out of the ring for his third consecutive win. Ishiura loses for the second time in three days.

March 2017, Kisenosato Yusho compilation

Yokozuna Kisenosato wins the March 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka, earning his second-straight top-division championship with a record of 13-2, defeating Ozeki Terunofuji on the last day in a playoff. Over the course of thirteen wins (plus one playoff win) he used six different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (6), oshidashi (3), tsukiotoshi (2), kotehineri (1), okuridashi (1), and kotenage (1).