Sheathing The Sword! SENGOKU X
As you might already know SENGOKU will change name to Sengoku Raiden Championship (Raiden means thunder (rai) and lightning (den)) and their New Years Event will take place on NYE at the Ariake Colosseum with Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida as the main event.
The story behind the new event name comes from the man Raiden Tameemon (1767-1825) who is considered to be one of the greatest sumo wrestlers (sumo record: 254-10-41) of all time.
Raiden was born to a farming family in a village in rural Shinano province. He is said to have possessed great physical strength even in childhood. His father Hanemon, who enjoyed sumo as much as sake, allowed 14 year old Raiden to attend sumo classes at Nagaze (today called Murokocho), the neighbouring village.
When Raiden was 17, the Urakaze-beya stablemaster noticed him when he came through the area while on jungyo with his wrestlers. He was especially impressed with the young man’s physique, which was extraordinary at the time. Young Raiden was 1.97 metres (6’5.5″) tall, which was three headlengths taller than most of his contemporaries. He also had matching long arms and large hands; a handprint at the Shofukuji temple near Okayama, which is said to be of Raiden’s hand, measures 24 cm (9.5″) from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger.
Between November 1793 and April 1800, Raiden won all tournaments he participated in, without leaving even one title to the other great fighters of his time, Tanikaze and Onogawa. After 1800, he remained dominant, and sumo officials even disallowed him to use his favourite techniques in order to keep his matches interesting.
Despite his dominance, he never was promoted to Yokozuna, the highest title in sumo. The reason remains a mystery in the history of sumo. – Wikipedia
The theme of the new name is: “Who is the Raiden of the 21st century?”
Another reason for the name change is that SENGOKU’s official name was written with Chinese characters (戦極) before. Now it’s written in European writing, so it will be easier for the foreign fans when SENGOKU/SRC advance overseas.
At the post-event press conference, WVR PR Kokuho said: “I can’t announce it at the present time.” about a future TV broadcast.
Nansen provoked Ishii post-event by saying that he wants to fight him next. Receiving this, Ishii said if SENGOKU puts it together he’ll do it. However, he said that he’ll feel sorry for Nansen because he’ll pin him down and end it without fail. Ishii also said: “I won’t lose to Masato.”
Hiroshi Izumi admitted after his debut that he was obsessed with striking leading into the fight. From now on he’ll build his own style and he also said that this kind of fist fight is already plenty enough, you’ll see an attack, throw, and win style from now on. Also, Izumi is suspended for 60 days due to the KO loss.
Akihiro Gono, Michihiro Omigawa vs. Hatsu Hioki, and Yuji Hoshino vs. Marlon Sandro have been added to SENGOKU XI in November.
At a press conference on the 24th, Hoshino’s SENGOKU participation was officially announced. WVR PR Kokuho said that they offered Hoshino a spot in the GP. He couldn’t participate however due to injury and family circumstances (marriage, etc.).
Hoshino thinks that there are many great fighters in SENGOKU’s FW division after seeing the GP. He himself wants to display good fights and liven up SENGOKU. Hoshino thinks that his break has been a good refresh for him. He had many injuries previously which he has now received treatment on so he’ll appear in the Sandro fight in his best condition.
WVR PR Kokuho said that they are looking to make Kazunori Yokota vs. Eiji Mitsuoka for November, Gono has requested a strong opponent for his return, and Jorge Santiago’s opponent will be Joe Doerksen or another idea that they currently thinking about. Kokuho also wants Satoru Kitaoka to fight in November.
They want to hold three title fights on NYE. At Featherweight, Lightweight, and Welterweight. The current plan is to crown a Light Heavyweight and a Heavyweght champion next year.
Kokuho ended the press conference with an advance notice of a surprise, saying that he thinks it’ll be good if they’re able to do something surprising which will be the first of it’s kind in Japan.