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Just prior to the 2018 September Tournament, while sitting in a sweltering Ryogoku Kokugikan and watching the Yokozuna Deliberation Council practice session, I grabbed a quick selfie with a couple of rikishi standing over my right shoulder.

Tochinoshin and Mitakeumi were the two wrestlers in that photo. Both had lifted the Emperor’s Cup for the first time that year, and looking at the picture I wondered who in the room would repeat the feat in the near future.

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