EMPEROR'S CUP WINNER: HAKUHO
Outstanding Performance Award: None
Outstanding Technique Award: Homasho
Fighting Spirit Award: Tochiozan
Tochiozan drove Takamisakari out to finish with 11 wins. Takamisakari succumbed to a majority loss. Toyonoshima put Roho off balance and forced the Russian down to secure a majority win. Roho marked a majority loss. Homasho pushed out Tokitenku. Kotoshogiku stopped Dejima from charging forward and drove the former ozeki out. Dejima succumbed to a majority loss. Kotomitsuki drove Kisenosato out the ring for his 10th win. Kaio fought cautiously against Ama trying to reach out for the small Mongolian's belt. After 1 minute passed, he decided to throw Ama. Kaio managed to secure a majority win. Hakuho threw Koto-o-shu. Asashoryu shifted to the side as he stood, forcing Chiyotaikai to fall. Hakuho and Asashoryu faced eachother in a playoff. Hakuho immediately thrust the yokozuna down on his hand. Asashoryu left the ring with a big grin. Hakuho won the Emperor's Cup for the 2nd time.
Wakanosato pushed Takamisakari out to win his 10th bout. Dejima kept on pushing and he defeated Asasekiryu for his 7th win. Kotomitsuki thrust Tochiozan down. Tochiozan, with this 4th defeat has lost his chance to win the Emperor's Cup. Koto-o-shu immediately thrust Chiyotaikai down to secure a majority win. Kaio slapped Takekaze as they faced off, and the thrust him down. It's Kaio's 7th win. Hakuho slightly lost balanced and Asashoryu took advantage of that, driving the bigger Mongolian down. Asashoryu and Hakuho tied for the Emperor's Cup.
Dejima charged into Tosanoumi and drove him out. It's his 6th win. Tochiozan lost to Roho, succumbing to his 3rd loss. Ama shoved Takekaze down to clinch a majority win. Homasho quickly shoved Kotomitsuki and won his 9th bout. Chiyotaikai and Hakuho could not face off properly, and on their 3rd attempt managed. Hakuho banged into Chiyo and then shifted to the side. Down went Chiyo for his 6th loss. Kaio managed to get hold of Kisenosato's belt and shoved the young one out. It's Kaio's 6th win. Asashoryu got his Bulgarian opponent off balance and then pushed Koto-o-shu down.
Tochiozan won again, this time by defeating Homasho. Kyokutenho smashed Dejima down on the ring. Chiyotaikai took an automatic win as Tochiazuma decided to withdraw from the tourney. Koto-o-shu lost balance and turned his back towards Kokkai. The Georgian drove out the Bulgarian ozeki. Hakuho forced Kotomitsuki out. Asashoryu cautiously fought against Kaio, and in the end shoved the ozeki out. It's Kaio's 7th loss.
Wakanosato pushed out Iwakiyama to clinch a majority win. New makuuchi rikishi, Tochiozan forced Kokkai to fall forward and wins his 9th bout. Tokitsuumi drove Takamisakari out. Dejima banged into Futen-o and shoves his out for his 5th win. Kotomitsuki charged into Toyonoshima and drove him out to secure a majority win. Koto-o-shu went straight towards Kisenosato and shoved him out. Hakuho fiercely attacked Homasho and shoved him as he himself fell. Hakuho remains the leader. Kaio grabbed Chiyotaikai's belt with his powerful right hand and forced him out. This marked Kaio's makuuchi total 684th win or the 6th highest in modern sumo history. Asashoryu threw Tochiazuma down to win.
Roho charged into Dejima and drove the former ozeki out. Kokkai forced Kakizoe down to clinch a majority win. Takamisakari shoved Takekaze from the side and won. Homasho was much too powerful for the Bulgarian ozeki. Koto-o-shu was easily pushed out. Hakuho drove Kaio out for his 9th win. Chiyotaikai gave quick thrusts and than dynamically shoved Tokuteku down. Tochiazuma immediately got hold of Kasugao's belt and shoved the Korean out. Asashoryu tried to grab Kotomitsuki's foot, and Kotomitsuki turned his back towards the yokozuna, but turned back to the proper position and continued the bout. In the end, Kotomitsuki lost balance and was put down.
Homasho grabbed Takamisakari's belt right away and drove the Robocop out. It's Homasho's 7th win. Kakuryu put Dejima down. Kotomitsuki threw Kyokutenho. The Mongolian succumbed to a majority loss. Chiyotaika pulled back but that worked against him and he lost to Toyonoshima. Hakuho drove Tochiazuma out. Hakuho clinched his 8th win and overtook Tochiazuma as the top contender for the Emperor's Cup. Kaio slapped Koto-o-shu and got hold of the Bulgarian's arm and pulled him. But Kaio was forced to leave the ring to take his 5th loss. Asashoryu fought against an alumnus of his high school in Kochi Prefecture. He managed to cautiously defeat Kotoshogiku.
Homasho moved around Dejima and forced the former ozeki down. Ama charged towards Kotomitsuki, attacked his throat, and drove him out. It's Kotomitsuki's 2nd loss. Hakuho quickly drove Kasugao out. Chiyotaikai's thrusts were not effective so he tried to prompt Kokutenho to loose balance and he was able to shove the Mongolian down. Kaio earned an automatic win as Miyabiyama pulled out this day. Kotomitsuki shoved Tochiazuma down on the ring. It's Tochiazuma's first loss. Asashoryu and Kisenosato attacked eachother. In the end, the yokozuna forced the 20 year old down.
Dejima is driven down by Yoshikaze to take his 3rd loss. Takamisakari and Aminishiki performs a competitive bout which excites the crowd. In the end, Aminishiki won by hooking his leg around the Robocop's. Miyabiyama drove out Kyokutenho. Chiyotaikai tried his thrusts but Kotomitsuki was unaffected and put the ozeki down. Kisenosato went charging into Tochiazuma, but his arm missed the ozeki and was instead caught, leading to the ozeki's push out. Kaio managed to drive Asasekiryu out. Tokitenku got a firm grip of Koto-o-shu's belt and threw the tall ozeki to win. Toyonoshima tried to resist Hakuho's shoves, but in the end was driven out. Asashoryu forced Kasugao on the ring.
Dejima defeated Iwakiyama. Kokkai pushed out Tokitsuumi. Takamisakari beat Tamanoshima. Tochiazuma got hold of Tokitenku's belt with his left and put him down for his 6th win. Kaio is reported to be fighting with his big toe nail mostly peeled. And it seemed he could not stand firm on the dirt ring. Although he resisted, he lost to Kotomitsuki. Koto-o-shu grabbed Asasekiryu's rear part of his belt and forced the Mongolian flat on his belly. Hakuho gave Kotoshogiku thrusts and then pulled his opponent toward him to fall. Chiyotaikai fell forward to Miyabiyama's shove. Asashoryu put Kyokutenho down.
Takamisakari pulled back as Dejima charged forward and forced the former ozeki down. Both are 3-2. Homasho drove Kokkai out. Kisenosato defeated Takekaze. Kotomitsuki pushed and threw Tokitenku. Kaio squeezed Toyonoshima's arm underneathe his and forced him out. It's Kaio's 2nd win. Koto-o-shu droved Futen-o out the ring. Hakuho and Asasekiryu gave thrusts towards eachother. In the end Hakuho got hold of his opponent's belt and won. Kotoshogiku tried to withstand Chiyotaikai's thrusts, but the ozeki then pulled Kotoshogiku towards him and put him down. Tochiazuma shifted his position as he stood up to fight, and that prompted Miyabiyama to fall. Tochiazuma has a clean record. Asashoryu managed to drive Ama out.
Dejima stood up to charge but Tochinonada stopped him and in the 1.15 minute bout Tochinonada won with a throw. Kokkai had a weak start which cost him his bout against Tamanoshima. Roho pushed Takamisakari at the edge of the ring, but Takamisakari turned his position and defeated the Russian. Miyabiyama pushed out Kasuga-o. Kyokutenho shifted his position and pushed down Koto-o-shu. It's the Bulgarian's 2nd loss. Ama fought hard against Hakuho. But the much bigger Mongolian gave pushes and defeated Ama. Chiyotaikai gave hard thrusts and defeated Kisenosato. Tochiazuma pushed Kotomitsuki out. Kaio tried to shoved Kotoshogiku, but he struggled for his opponents belt and was instead driven out. It's Kaio's 3rd loss. Asashoryu forced down Toyonoshima.
Dejima banged into Kasuganishiki and won his 3rd bout. Kokkai put Aminishiki down, also for his 3rd win. Takamisakari managed to force Tamakasuga down to win his 1st bout. Kisenosato struggled, but managed to defeat Kyokutenho. Kotomitsuki was in control of the bout and drove Asasekiryu out. Miyabiyama and Hakuho redid their bout after falling at the same time. Hakuho in the end drove Miyabiyama out. Chiyotaikai attacked Kasugao's chin and won. Tochiazuma pushed down Ama to win. He's reported to have banged his knee when he fell together. Kaio was put off balance and driven out by Tokitenku. Koto-o-shu thrust down Takekaze. Asashoryu never lost more than 2 bouts in a row since he was Komusubi. But this time, he was quick to get hold of Futen-o's belt and drove his opponent out.
Roho touched the ring and lost to Kakizoe. Kisenosato fought Ho-masho aggressively but was forced down on a throw. Kotomitsuki and Futen-o stopped fighting for a while, but then Kotomitsuki attacked non-stop and drove Futen-o out the ring. Chiyotaikai's thrusts effectively forced Asasekiryu out. Tochiazuma got hold of Kyokutenho and drove him out. Kasuga-o forced Kaio down by shoving the popular ozeki's side. Koto-o-shu got hold of Ama's belt and gave a big throw. Hakuho attacked Tokitenku and was able to drive his countryman out. Miyabiyama gave Asashoryu series of blows and forced his body on the yokozuna. Both tumbled down the ring, but the win went to Miyabiyama. Asashoryu already took his 2nd loss.
Wakanosato was back in the makuuchi division. He threw Tochinohana. Dejima charged forward and defeated Tamanoshima. Kokkai fought against Roho aggressively and well. He tried to shove the Russian's head then drove him out. After the bout, Kokkai met the visiting President of his country Georgia. Newly wed Kakizoe force Takamisakari out. Kotomitsuki shoved Miyabiyama's head and forced the former ozeki down. Tochizauma shoved forward and defeated Asasekiryu. Kaio quickly got hold of Kyokutenho and forced the Mongolian out. Small Toyonoshima threw the tall Koto-o-shu on the ring/. Kisenosato thrust Hakuho down on the verge of the ring. Chiyotaikai gave thrusts, but Ama was unaffected. Ama pushed out the ozeki. Tokitenku got behind Asashoryu, and grabbed the yokozuna from behind. Asashoryu tried to change position, but fell on his hands. The crowd was electrified over the upset and threw cushions towards the ring.
Pre Tourney highlights
Fixed bouts saga
In January, a gossip magazine suspected a number of fixed bouts during the Kyushu grand tourney of 2006. It said of the 15 days, 11 of Asashoryu's bouts were fixed. The Japan Sumo Association summoned all sumo wrestlers named in the magazine, and also the ozeki rankers. They all denied any involvment. In late February, the Japan Sumo Association decided to sue the publisher.