May 2017, Day 13, Chiyoshoma v Yoshikaze

Yoshikaze takes Chiyoshoma for a tour of the audience, introducing him to the fans in the cheap seats after a watashikomi (thigh grabbing push down) sends them both sprawling. Just kidding, those seats are really expensive.

May 2017, Day 4, Onosho v Yutakayama

The first time Onosho and Yutakayama met, in the playoffs for the Makushita division tournament, Yutakayama won the bout and the championship. He won their next three meetings in the Juryo division as well, so Onosho really wants to get one back in their first head-to-head bout in the top Makuuchi division. The match is fantastic, with Yutakayama switching between left and right arm bar throws and Onosho doing well to stay upright. When Yutakayama clamps his hands together around Onosho’s right arm and tries to twist him down, Onosho pushes hard with his right shoulder and gets a hand on the back of Yutakayama’s right leg, dropping the larger wrestler hard onto his back. Onosho improves to 3-1 for the tournament with the watashikomi (thigh-grabbing push down) victory.

March 2017, Day 2, Yoshikaze v Endo

‘Lil Hulk is back! Yoshikaze apparently didn’t like the results of his red mawashi, so he’s gone back to the green belt that gave him his nickname. Although he lost on Day 1 yesterday, today he completely dominates Endo, getting his left arm high across Endo’s chest while grabbing at the back of Endo’s thigh with his right hand. Endo soon finds himself greeting the fans in the second row. Yoshikaze picks up his first win of the tournament by watashikomi (thigh grabbing push down).

November 2016, Day 15, Kotoshogiku v Shohozan

Kotoshogiku finishes in Kyushu with a 5-10 record, but his Ozeki rank will protect him from demotion for one tournament, putting him in kadoban (probation) status for the second time in three tournaments. He wins on Day 15 in Kyushu against Shohozan after a few trips around the dohyo, finally getting a hand on the back of Shohozan’s leg and tripping him up for the watashikomi (thigh-grabbing push down) victory.

November 2016, Day 6, Kotoshogiku v Okinoumi

Ozeki Kotoshogiku works his way back to an even record of 3-3 with a nice thigh-grabbing watashikomi technique on Day 6 against Okinoumi. Already three losses behind tournament leader Kakuryu, he’ll need to keep up the momentum to have a shot at affecting the championship race.

September 2016, Goeido Yusho compilation

Goeido wins the September 2016 Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, earning his first top-division championship with a perfect record of 15-0. Over the course of fifteen wins he used six different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (8), kubinage (2), oshidashi (2), uwatedashinage (1), watashikomi (1), and yoritaoshi (1).

September 2016, Day 11, Kisenosato v Goeido

This is the most important bout of the tournament so far. Undefeated Goeido versus two-loss Kisenosato, Ozeki on Ozeki. Goeido gets in trouble early, pushed around by a determined Kisenosato. After circling away from danger Goeido resets his feet and dives inside Kisenosato’s attack to wrap him up with both arms inside. Goeido charges forward, dropping his head and grabbing the back of Kisenosato’s leg with his left arm to send the big Ozeki hard off the dohyo backwards. Goeido stays perfect at 11-0, two wins ahead of a group of three wrestlers right behind him. Looking good!