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Hatsu 2020 Day One Recap

Of course, Day One is just one fifteenth of a tournament and rikishi adjust day by day. Matchups also dictate plenty of outcomes on any given day, and you need awhile to make definitive judgments.

Except it's Day One, Sumo is back, and that can only mean it's time for MASSIVE OVERREACTIONS.

M17w Tokushoryu (1-0) wins by yorikiri over J1w Chiyoshoma (0-1)

Of course Tokushoryu doesn't belong in Juryo anymore, and he showed Chiyoshoma precisely why.

M17e Kiribayama (1-0) wins by hikiotoshi over M16w Kaisei (0-1)

The newcomer is one to watch out for, as his nifty footwork kept him in against Kaisei and will lead him to a yusho and a future Yokozuna promotion.

M16e Tochiozan (1-0) wins by tsukiotoshi over M15w Ikioi (0-1)

Tochiozan is back where he belongs in Makuuchi and a yusho must be considered, while Ikioi's top-knot is facing clippers in the near future.

M15e Azumaryu (1-0) wins by yorikiri over M14w Shimanoumi (0-1)

After a Juryo yusho, Azumaryu put Shimanoumi in his place and is pushing for the overall yusho.

M14e Terutsuyoshi (1-0) wins by watashikomi over M13w Kotoeko (0-1)

Terutsuyoshi has recaptured that double-digit magic and might be poised for a yusho. Kotoeko is in deep trouble to avoid relegation. (In all seriousness, what a match. Kotoeko absorbed Terutsuyoshi's initial heavy push, which locked them in to a stalemate of Kotoeko outside left grip-Terutsuyoshi inside right grip. Then they spun each other around a few times. After getting either tired or dizzy, the two stalled out in the middle of the ring. After some huffing and puffing, Kotoeko tried some throws to no avail. Finally, Terutsuyoshi regrouped and just charged ahead for the victory. Impressive stamina from Terutsuyoshi.)

M12w Chiyomaru (1-0) wins by oshidashi over M13e Kotoshogiku (0-1)

Chiyomaru is resurgent and could be in line for his first yusho. Call the barber for Kotoshogiku, because he's going to get clipped in the middle of the Kokugikan soon when he has to retire.

M11w Kagayaki (1-0) wins by oshidashi over M12e Tsurugisho (0-1)

Kagayaki is ascending the rankings steadily and Yokozuna promotion might only be a matter of time after he achieves a yusho in Hatsu. Tsurugisho is way over-promoted and stands no chance.

M11e Chiyotairyu (1-0) wins by tsukidashi over M10w Ishiura (0-1)

Chiyotairyu is just too strong and powerful for a rank like Maegashira 11. Ishiura will never get over the intra-stable fight he was involved in before the basho.

M9w Yutakayama (1-0) wins by yorikiri over M10e Sadanoumi (0-1)

A future Yokozuna like Yutakayama is too much for a battered old veteran nearing retirement like Sadanoumi, who is merely Yutakayama's first victim in his Yusho journey.

M9e Takanosho (1-0) wins by yorikiri over M8w Ryuden (0-1)

Takanosho's steady march to a Yusho and the title of Yokozuna went right over Ryuden, who is running out of maneuvers for your normal Maegashira.

M8e Aoiyama (1-0) wins by hatakikomi over M7w Onosho (0-1)

A powerful and wise veteran like Aoiyama is no match for a youngster like Onosho, who will continue to struggle with no end.

M7e Shohozan (1-0) wins by yorikiri over M6w Tochinoshin (0-1)

Shohozan holds strong as a veteran presence. Tochinoshin is beaten down and will certainly be facing the end of his career in no time.

M5w Enho (1-0) wins by shitatenage over M6e Takarafuji (0-1)

The little mighty-mite Enho is too tricky for an old veteran like Takarafuji, who is certainly staring at the harsh downslope of his career. Can Enho take the title of dai-Yokozuna from his mentor Hakuho? (Serious note: Enho is probably the only rikishi who can win a match where his head was under his opponent's body for 75% of it.)

M4w Shodai (1-0) wins by oshitaoshi over M5e Meisei (0-1)

After 11 wins in Kyushu, things are only looking up for future Yokozuna Shodai as he goes to his first Yusho. Poor Meisei cannot possibly arrest his tumble down the banzuke.

M4e Okinoumi (1-0) wins by tsukiotoshi over K1e Abi (0-1)

Okinoumi is too complete and savvy a veteran to be fooled by a one-tick pony like Abi, whose time in Sanyaku is surely over.

M3e Tamawashi (1-0) wins by oshidashi over S1w Takayasu (0-1)

Tamwashi's powerful nodowa is too overwhelming for a broken down former Ozeki like Takayasu. Watch out for a Tamawashi yusho and a Takayasu collapse.

S1e Asanoyama (1-0) wins by yorikiri over M2w Mitakeumi (0-1)

Asanoyama's ascent and Mitakeumi's fall from grace continue apace. Who could possibly halt Asanoyama's Yokozuna promotion after a zensho yusho here? And who could stop Mitakeumi's descent into the lower divisions?

M2e Hokutofuji (1-0) wins by tsukiotoshi over O1w Goeido (0-1)

Hokutofuji will step over all comers, including a hobbled and unfortunate Ozeki like the doomed Goeido, in his inevitable yusho and rise to Yokozuna.

O1e Takakeisho (1-0) wins by oshidashi over M1w Myogiryu (0-1)

Takakeisho will shove anyone out of his way and off the dohyo as he makes it to Yokozuna with a zensho yusho. What could someone like Myogiryu, now having to question retirement, do in the face of such an onslaught?

M1e Endo (1-0) wins by yorikiri over Y1w Kakuryu (0-1)

Should Kakuryu keep wrestling? Is it all finally over? Will Endo face any stiff challengers on his way to a zensho Yusho and eventual Yokozuna promotion? (In reality, Endo was nearly flat in the air, a quintessential "dead body" position, when Kakuryu's foot went out. He's probably lucky the Mono-ii went his way and there wasn't a torinaoshi.)

Y1e Hakuho (1-0) wins by yorikiri over K1w Daieisho (0-1)

The greatest of all time is still the greatest. Hakuho zensho yusho seems impossible to stop after he avenges the only loss of the previous tournament. Daieisho cannot handle the Sanyaku ranks.

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