Hakuho possesses the total package in size, balance, agility, and speed, but add on his incredible technical prowess to his physical attributes, and he becomes a literal yokozuna cheat code. This yaguranage (inner thigh throw) he pulled off against Okinoumi at the edge here, could perhaps be his most impressive technical feat. Check out the replays to get the full effect.
Asashoryu pulls off an earlier, though slightly less impressive yaguranage, against a much lighter Harumafuji.
Ura, “The Pink Panther,” executes an incredible last-ditch koshinage (hip throw) against Dewahayate.
The uwatenage (overarm throw) is one of the more common throws, but this one by Wakanohana against Asahifuji, is as dramatic looking as it gets.
Mainoumi counters Wakashoyu’s arm-throw attempt by reversing the momentum, winning with an amazing sakatottari (arm bar throw counter).
Mainoumi back at it again, this time with a mitokorozeme (triple attack force out) against Akebono. This extremely rare techniqe involves grabbing an opponent’s inner leg, tripping their outer leg, and pushing forward with the shoulders and neck.
Takekaze pulls off the rare and elegant, ipponzeoi (one-armed shoulder throw), against Kaisei.
The much shorter Sagatsukaza executes another example of an ipponzeioi against Tochinowaka.
Harumafuji with an angry-looking okuritsuriotoshi (backwards throw) against Goeido.
Takanonami defeats stablemate Takanohana with a majestic looking kawazugake (hooking backward counter throw).
A beautiful looking kotenage armlock throw (aided by a leg trip), from Tochinoshin in this bout against Endo.
Goeido is the past and present “Kubinage King,” but keeping with the title of this post, this particular neck throw by Harumafuji against Myogiryu, is the most spectacular looking.
Powerful Baruto digs into his pro-wrestling arsenal to pull off this impressive harimanage (backward belt throw) to former Russian sumotori Aran.
Lightweight oshi-specialist Terao, shows off some of his grappling ability with this sotokomata (one leg carry) against Hamanoshima.
Asashoryu, “The Beast,” not only matches the formidable strength of Baruto in this bout, but shows off his own immense power with a mighty looking shitatenage (underarm throw).
Everyone’s favorite documentary star, Kyokutaisei, uses his judo background to execute a beautiful susoharai (rear foot sweep) against Kizenryu.
Takatoriki also had a judo background though he seldom used it, instead preferring oshi thrusts and face slaps. Here’s two stunningly beautiful examples of a nichonage (body drop throw) that he pulled off against Kototsubaki and Kirishima.
The nichonage is just way too aesthetically beautiful to only give two examples. So here’s a third one by Chiyonokuni against Tanzo.
Sumo has had its share of great lifters, like Kirishima, Baruto, Tochinoshin, and Takanosato, but it’s the burly Wakanosato who pulls off perhaps the most impressive looking tsuridashi (lift out) of them all, in this match against Shimotori.
Speaking of Baruto. Yoshikaze was feeling a bit under the weather in this match, and Baruto was nice enough to gently escort him off the premises.
…Okay, one last tsuridashi for the road. Tochinoshin with a hybrid lift/throw-out against Chiyonokuni.