People always seem to want to know how M16E Takanoyama (2-4) did. The man is just teetering on the edge of Makuuchi, but fair enough. Today he faced M13E Asasekiryu (4-2). A strange bout this was. It seemed like Sexy had it, by winning the tachiai and driving on the beanpole. Once Taka was able to get in close and on the belt was he able to start trying some trips. Sexy replied with the same stuff. By the time the dust had settled from the three-legged race, beanpole was the last man standing. In all honestly, he threw a rather powerful underarm throw to win it. The Czech gains a win and a poke in the eye to prove it. Takanoyama at 3-4 and Asasekiryu at 4-3.
M14E Asahisho has had a great debut in Makuuchi, with at 5-1 start. He’s also got a cheese-ball grin. After tossing a heepin’ helpin’ of salt, he took on M9W Takayasu who’s rolling even better at 6-0. Both pushed and thrusted well, but Takayasu slipped in between AsaSHIOs thrusts and got a right outside. He capped that with a left inside, and the force-out win was all Takayasu’s. Takayasu improves to 7-0 while Asahisho falls to 5-2.
Look at Ole’ Man Kyokutenho whip them boys with a 6-0! Today he got M8E Daido (2-4). Harite by Kyoku, then left-hand outside and plowed straight forward. Such an easy force-down win for Senior Mongol. Kyokutenho 7-0: Daido 2-5.
M4E Aminishiki (5-1) vs. M7E Miyabiyama (3-3): a long history between these two. Head-to-head is 12-11 in Sneaky’s favor, stretching over a decade. Tachiai and McFlubby stayed steady as Sneaky slipped to the left. Sneaky soon regrouped from the failed mini-henka and charged with some thrusts. McFlubby attempted a pull-down, and that was all Sneaky needed to charge forward and put him away with a push-out win. Aminishiki improves to 6-1 while Miyabiyama falls to 3-4.
SE Myogiryu (5-1) vs. M1W Kaisei (3-3): Kaisei drives well forward on Myogi, but he never thrusted or gained a grip. This is important because it demonstrates how your can’t just lean on your opponent and hope to win a bout. Myogi swerved to the right while backtracking to keep from going out of the ring. Taking advantage of Kaisei’s lack of technique application, Myogi initiated a thrusting attack and completely turned the momentum of the bout, winning with a push-out win. Myogiryu improves to 6-1 while Kaisei falls to 3-4.
M1E Shohozan (2-4) vs. OW Kakuryu (5-1): Shoho came out the chute with some mean thrusts, but edging on being overzealous as he nearly lost his balance from his own power. The Kak hung tough and easily pulled Shoho down with a slapdown win. A lot of talk of Haruma, Kissy, and Hak on the leader board this basho, but keep an eye on the Kak to play the role of at worst spoiler, and at best the yusho long-shot.
KE Aoiyama (0-6) vs. OW Kisenosato (6-0): Kissy’s initial charge was stronger, though not enough to just take the Bulgarian down or out. Aoi stood ready for a tsuppari battle, but Kissy’s deashi is just so much better, and he charged easily pushing the Bulgarian out. Kissy improves to 7-0 while Aoiyama is also perfect, at 0-7.
OE Harumafuji (6-0) vs. M2W Gagamaru (2-4): Who wants to be a yokozuuuna? Harder tachiai by Haruma who missed a little on Gaga’s upper chest target, but locked up belt to belt with Gaga, though Gaga never could gain a left outside. The pit-faced Mongol went makikae with his left to get a double-inside grip and quickly thereafter tossed Gentleman Gaga to the clay with an underarm throw. Speed and an offensive approach are what won this. Gaga really wasn’t trying anything to win other than stretch for that left outside. Yokozuna-quality sumo by Harumafuji, who improves to 7-0. Gagamaru falls to 2-5.
YE Hakuho (6-0) vs. M3E Homasho (4-2): head-to-head is 13-0 in guess-who’s favor. This was not the Hakuho of the last six days. Either Hakuho’s back to playing paddy cake, or he just didn’t want to break a sweat in this late summer heat. At the tachiai, Homie moved to the left, Hakuho tried a pull down, failed, then tried another as Homie retreated. Then a THIRD pull-down attempt, and he finally got the Cigar Store Indian on the floor. Fair enough Homie was moving only laterally, and wanted to get to the side of Hakuho, so he was being cautious, but Hakuho has the speed and ability to charge and keep his opponent square. The pull-down was not a necessity, but it did the job and the Yokozuna impoved to 7-0. Homasho falls to 4-3.
Get yer rope and ass-less chaps, cos tomorrow Montana’s gonna take you for a ride!