Mongolian grappler Hoshoryu was pushed to the brink by Abi but recovered to record an all-important win on Day 1 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.
The Mongolian will look to shine in his ozeki debut at the 15-day Autumn Basho. Compatriot Kirishima and others will also be looking to contend.
Top maegashira Tobizaru threw everything he had at grand champion Terunofuji and came through with a huge kinboshi win in a grueling showdown.
After winning the Summer Basho in Tokyo with a 14-1 record in May, yokozuna Terunofuji is hoping for more of the same in Nagoya.
Shishi, a 26-year-old from Melitopol, must contend with strong opposition at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament and concern for his loved ones.
Lone yokozuna Terunofuji easily defeated Takakeisho on the final day of the Summer Basho to cap a successful comeback to the raised ring.
On a tumultuous day of upsets, lone yokozuna Terunofuji was the model of consistency and calm at Ryogoku Kokugikan, improving to 8-0.
Lone yokozuna Terunofuji looked shaky at the outset, but recovered with an arm throw at the edge to defeat Shodai on the first day of the...
Coming off a prolonged absence, Terunofuji will face stiff competition from Kiribayama and several others in the 15-day Summer Basho in Tokyo.
For the Summer Basho, yokozuna Terunofuji's return to sumo competition after undergoing surgery on both knees is the biggest storyline to follow.
Mongolian grappler Kiribayama posted back-to-back victories on the final day of the Spring Basho to deny Daieisho his second championship.
Ozeki grappler Takakeisho will need to capture the March tournament title to convince sumo officials he's worthy of promotion to the sport's highest rank.