Nonetheless, the champion made quick work of Shodai gaining a belt grab and forcing his opponent out of the ring. He thus became the first wrestler to win his initial tournament as a yokozuna since 2017. Overall, it was the fifth championship of his career. The only other reigning yokozuna, Hakuho, wasn't allowed to compete in the autumn tournament after several of his stablemates tested positive for COVID-19. It's since been reported that Hakuho, the most successful sumo in history with 45 championships, is planning to retire.
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