Frankly, I did not expect him to win the tournament because his performance is spotty and lacks consistency. Many sumo fans may have felt the same way; other ozekis such as Kisenosato attracted much more attention prior to the tournament. With the absence of Hakuho, some fans even predicted Kisenosato would win the championship and be promoted to Yokozuna.
How did Goeido, who had sometimes been mocked as a mediocre wrestler, transform himself into a champion? One possibility is that Goeido was envious of the public attention lavished on other wrestlers, which drove him to practice hard with renewed determination and discipline. Lack of attention may have helped in another way; he didn’t feel the enormous pressure which might have adversely affected his performance.
Now that he is in the limelight, fans expect him to win the next tournament in November. Whether he will continue to capture the hearts of fans remains to be seen.