So it looks like I was wrong and the NSK did the “right”(?) thing and struck all gamblers down to the next lowest division. (except Shironoyu who aws promoted to Juryo.) So without further ado here is your “once in 100 years banzuke” (and looking at it, i surely hope they decided to stick to that 100 years thing.)
Personally, I got killed on the predictions for this one, mainly because I forgot to add the M17 spot. I’m absolutely stunned to see Hakuba only knocked back to M5W. With the “sumo” he displayed I had expected more like 7 or 8. I was also surprsied to see Gagamaru stay in the big show, Lady Gaga got a lucky break this time, and needs to step up to the plate if he wants to stay afloat. However, most of the guys he’ll be fighting are back from his Juryo days, so maybe it won’t be that much of a problem.
This basho is going to be pretty interesting. I’d say that the sanyaku looks pretty solid. For Aran, I think he’s either going to really show what he’s worth (positive connotation) or he’ll going to really show what he’s worth (negative connotation). I’m predicting either lots of wins and good sumo, or very few wins but still with some good sumo. I’d excpect Kisenosato to get his 8 but not much more, maybe 9. It depends on when he gets psyched out and stops thinking. Like I said before I hoping for 9 or 10 from Tochiozan, I’m not entirely sure he’ll pull it off, but there is a chance. Kakuryu is another one of those guys that is tough to predict, he’s very streaky and easily gets psyched out. I’ll say 7 or 8 for now, but might ammend my statement once i see his first few days schedule. I think out of M1-M3 we’ll only see Kotoshogiku and Tochinoshin come out with a kachikoshi. However, Kyokutenho is a solid veteran rikishi and we’ll defintely see some good stuff from him.
Now lets take a look and see who’s bumpin around in Juryo.