End of the road

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Much loved veterans Kyokutenho and Wakanosato both made their sumo debut in March 1992
and reached a career high rank of sekiwake. Wakanosato's high point was an attempted ozeki
run at the end of 2004. Kyokutenho's high points were his incredible makuuchi yusho in
May 2012 and two kachi-koshi in makuuchi division at the record-breaking age
of 40, in November 2014 and May 2015.

Both rikishi have said that they would no longer wish to compete if they were demoted, in Kyokutenho's
case to juryo division and in Wakanosato's case to makushita. As both rikishi would certainly be
demoted if they were to compete in the September Basho, they have now reached the end of
the road. Kyokutenho has officially retired and the expectation is that Wakanosato will soon follow.

Soundtrack: "End of the Road" written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio "L.A." Reid and
Daryl Simmons and recorded by Boyz II Men in 1992.

Original Images used in creation of the morph (All images by Martina Lunau):