Little bit of context since OP did not present any.
This was in all probability the most important sumo bout of the last decade, possibly even the century.
Hakuho is the best of all time. He is withdrawn from the final 6 or so tournaments as a result of a knee harm, and the overall consensus was that his profession is/was just about over. One standard principle being that he wasn’t retiring as a result of he wished to try to drag it out to the olympics and take part within the opening ceremony. When he introduced he was coming again for this one, most individuals have been anticipating him to both put up a middling file (sumo tournaments are 15 bouts, so 7-8 or 8-7 is common), or pull out once more injured after a number of fights. Both manner, retirement was virtually sure.
Anyway, he went into immediately 14-0.
Terunofuji is the best comeback story of all time. He was pretty dominant as one of many high 5 to six guys round 2016-17 earlier than additionally struggling a knee harm. His harm spiraled right into a litany of disasters, together with knee surgical procedure, a wrestle with diabetes, and principally an throughout life-style change on a number of fronts. He was out injured for therefore lengthy that he dropped all the way down to the fifth division and wished to retire. His stablemaster talked him out of it.
When he got here again, after so many struggles he appeared destined to a middling profession within the 2nd or third divisions. As an alternative he managed to climb all the way in which again to the highest division with a bunch of nice tournaments, after which received a championship. The rationale that was so insane is that no different sumo wrestler has ever dropped from the highest division, down previous the third division, and made it again to the highest division. Not in tons of of years. Not to mention from the highest of the highest division. Not to mention truly profitable a championship after getting again there. Terunofuji did it after dropping to the fifth division.
Not solely that, however he climbed straight again to the highest of the division over 4-5 tournaments, profitable a number of of them. The whole time with restricted movement and the most important knee brace you may ever see. Each single match has began with everybody on reddit speaking about how his leg is fucked and he’ll by no means have various extra tournaments earlier than it catches up with him. Each match he simply obtained an increasing number of spectacular.
The very best rank in sumo is Yokozuna. It is an honorary rank that you simply by no means lose when you get it. In the mean time Hakuho is the one Yokozuna on the earth. The factors for promotion is profitable two tournaments in a row whereas being Ozeki (second highest rank) or equal performances.
Terunofuji has received the final two tournaments, one among them as Ozeki. This one was the second he wanted.
He additionally went 14-0 going into immediately, so his promotion to Yokozuna is assured irrespective of the result (14-1 and shedding to the literal GOAT is clearly thought-about an equal efficiency).
That is the primary time in 10 years that two folks have gone into the final day 14-0 for a showdown. It is solely occurred 6 instances in historical past (and sumo has a protracted historical past).
This was principally a showdown of the titans, two of the most effective ever, each with insane tales main into it. The whole lot has lined up so completely that it makes the WWE look uneventful.
And the precise bout was nice too. The one draw back being a decreased crowd as a result of covid. It is going to stand out a bit bit in comparison with a number of the movies of older nice matches the place the group is packed in like sardines, proper as much as the ring, and going completely bonkers.
It is nicely price a watch, even should you’re not a fan of the game. Simply to take a look at a little bit of area of interest historical past on the day that it occurred.