Unfortunately, the banzuke is still feeling the effects of the gambling scandal, and things probably won’t equalize out until Hatsu. So, again, making calls is gonna be tough, and under ranked rikishi like Toyonoshima, Miyabiyama, etc will have a good basho, whilst over ranked rikishi, and rikishi who probably shouldn’t have KKed in Aki are gonna struggle.
Interesting to watch will be:
(of course) Hakuho: Is Futabayama’s record going to be broken? Will this be the basho that someone finally steps up to challenge the dai-yokozuna? Or will he take this one zensho too?
Harumafuji: Has been festering a bit lately, and has flirted with his first kadoban. Now that Hakuho will have gotten his chance at the record, will Haruma bring back some of the fire and really kick some ass? Or will his upcoming wedding arrangements and the media attention garnered by that affect his stuff?
Tochiozan: looking to add another 10+ win, special prize basho to his resume in hopes of putting together an ozeki run. Is it in the cards?
Kisenosato: going to be bumped out of sanyaku and hungry for blood. Will he bring the nosie/pain, or will he sputter and disappoint?
Brothers Kaze: are Take and Yoshi going to be able to hold their own so high up the banzuke?
Gagamaru: Was radio Gaga’s 10-5 a banzuke realted fluke? or is he destined for greatness in Fukuoka?
Sokokurai: Did the distinguished gentleman from China’s Inner Mongolian Autonimous Region’s Makuuchi jitters melt away on day 13 with his 3 win streak? or was it a round-about ticket on a train back to Juryo.
Lastly, who is going to have a breakout basho?
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