"I was one of the most popular rikishi of the 1970's. I never missed a bout in my 13-year active career, but I'm most well known for a rare feat that Takanonami, Dejima and Miyabiyama would love to duplicate today. Who am I?"
" Though I have been a Makuuchi mainstay for nearly a decade, I displayed my best sumo during my first few basho in the division. Unintimitdated, I defeated both Yokozuna Akebono and Yokozuna Takanohana in a span of three days during my first basho against the Makuuchi jo'i. Who am I? "
" When it comes to niramiai, or staredowns, my colleage Matsugane Oyakata and I ruled the roost in our heyday. When we tried to psych each other out with our trademark stare downs, it was pure entertainment for sumo fans in the mid to late 80's. Who am I?"
"Along with Kyojin and Tamagoyaki, I was a sign of the times in 1960’s Japan. Who am I?"
"My colleague Kitajin-oyakata (ala Kirinji) and I had one of the best rivalries in sumo history back in our day. We never failed to fire up the fans in the early 80's with our brand of fast paced, tsuppari zumo. Who am I?"
"Don't be fooled by my comical antics and bum knee. Nicknamed 'robocop' by my stable master, if you let me get the migi-shitate (right inside grip), it's game over. I'm one of the most popular rikishi today. Who am I?”
Takamisakari first emerged on the Makuuchi scene three years ago; however, after a stellar first basho as a rookie, he seriously injured his right knee, which caused him to fall as far as the Makushita division. Little known by the fans at that time, he certainly didn’t go unnoticed by Mike and Kenji who were greatly entertained by his poor eyesight and awkward demeanor. With the retirement of Takanohana, Takamisakari is probably the new fan favorite as he has upped his quirky antics by beating himself silly before each bout.
"As one of the smallest rikishi to have ever fought in Makuuchi, I retired early from the sport to pursue a career in politics where I was elected to and still serve in the Japanese parliament. Who am I?"
Kyokudozan was only a little over 100kg but had the heart of a lion. He entertained many a sumo fan in the early 90's with his freight train tachiai against opponents that often dwarfed him. He once leap-frogged Asanowaka at the tachi-ai drawing a collective gasp from the fans within the arena, and he toppled Yokozuna Onokuni with a vicious harite (open hand slap to the jaw) on his way to a kinboshi win.
"I am a current Makuuchi mainstay known for my less-than-aggressive yotsu-zumo and endurance in the ring; thus I have been tagged w/ the nickname 'Mr. Ippun'. Who am I?"
191cm, 175kg Kotonowaka has been tagged with this nickname because his matches often seem to take a minute (ippun) or more, an eternity by sumo standards. Blessed with a big body and solid belt tactics, the 13 year Makuuchi veteran has been accused of underachieving but remains a threat to anyone he faces.
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