Currently, the matches between top yokozuna wrestlers begin between 5:45 and 5:50 pm. "So say we started 2 hours later," offers Kitanoumi, a one-time yokozuna himself whose 24 tournament wins during the 1970s rank third on the all-time list. "Wrestlers would have to move their meals and sleep hours back, and that would really mess up their coordination. I think we'd have to study whether they'd be able to perform at the same level. "
This gives a good idea of the power of the association versus the media. It's like the NFL telling NBC that they have to make the Super Bowl earlier so Tom Brady won't be cranky in the morning.