[sumo] akebono - a real comic-tragedy - not really sumo
Harold E. Shaver
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Fri Feb 15 10:43:54 EST 2008
This is particularly saddening and tragic when one
considers he could have been the head of a stable
now raising other rikishi possibly to the heights
he once commanded.
Azumazeki, in an effort to keep him in ozumo offered
to take an early retirement so Akebono could take
over the heya, but he apparently did not feel the
calling, as it were.
Hal "Chisaiyama" Shaver
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Subject: [sumo] akebono - a real comic-tragedy - not really sumo
>From this website: _http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=730855_
(http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?t=730855) . What a pity.
would his mother think?
"Taking dives in diapers: did Akebono's fall from grace also claim his
Sumo wrestler Akebono was once at the pinnacle of his field. The
American-born 38-year-old holds the exalted status of being the first ever
to attain the status of yokozuna, the highest rank in Japan's ancient and
dignified national sport, notes Shukan Bunshun (2/17).
So the sight of sumo's former kingpin dressed as a 2-meter-tall,
200-kilogram-plus baby, complete with pacifier, is for most a tragedy;
except for those
with fairly specific tastes.
In his post sumo career, "Makebono", as he came to be known ("loser-bono"),
made something of a habit of hitting the mat.
"Akebono became a martial arts fighter, but he was a disaster in (the
fighting sport of) K-1," a writer on the martial arts beat tells Shukan
"Now, he's taking part in exhibition professional wrestling where he plays
part of a baby called Monster Bono."
Akebono has hitched himself up with a troupe called "Hustle." Monster Bono,
the baby character he plays for the staged wrestling shows, is supposed to
the child of diminutive model Yingling of JoyToy, another member of the
Shukan Bunshun (2/14)"Akebono is supposed to be a baby when he's sucking on
the pacifier. But, when he's attacked, he drops the pacifier out of his
and instantly turns into 'the magical world's yokozuna' who fights back
fiercely," a fighting world insider says. "I've heard his wife, Christine,
ashamed of how far he has fallen that she doesn't want their three kids to
see him in the ring, and I've heard that they've actually separated."
Akebono's handlers bitterly deny suggestions that he and his wife have
split. Nonetheless, it seems for the former yokozuna that there are falls
than the one to the K-1 mat.
"His wife and kids had ringside seats for his K-1 clashes, and the TV used
to show them covering their mouths in shock while Akebono was getting
in the ring, but now you never see his family in public," the martial arts
writer tells Shukan Bunshun. "'Hustle' only pays a few hundred thousand yen
per fight, maybe 1 million yen at most. He must be feeling the pinch
financially, too." (By Ryann Connell) "
Here's his picture:
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