Kisenosato put in a strong performance at the Yokozuna Deliberation Council soken training session on Aug. 31.

The veteran wrestler, who has been absent for 91 of his past 120 bouts, was heading toward what many considered to be his last-chance tournament with serious question marks surrounding his ability to compete.

Kisenosato, however, laid those doubts to rest in a fiery practice session that saw him go all out against top rankers like Tochinoshin and Goeido.