Here’s the thing. I saw a photo of Shinsuke Nakamura and Shibata posing together to for their upcoming match at Power Struggle.
Has Shibata ever looked happy? Like ever? pic.twitter.com/94VeGMtmL4
— Strong Stylist (@TheKoalaMask) November 2, 2014
I noticed that Shibata was stone faced in the photo. That made me realize, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen Shibata happy or smiling.” Whenever he wrestles he is all business. Even in victory he doesn’t really celebrate. Just 1-2-3, get up and leave. No smile, no nothing. As you can see, I mentioned this on twitter, because my wife could care less about whether a pro-wrestler from Japan smiles or not. The response truly made my day. Take a looksy, but prepare yourself. If you like the idea of Mr. No Business Stonefaced Stiff Kicking Shibata, these images will shake the foundations of everything you know to be true, but in a good way.
— Deathlock (@indiandeathlock) November 2, 2014
— Blacktus Jack (@BlacktusJack) November 2, 2014
— :Shibata: (@NoJoeOnlyZuul) November 2, 2014
I’ve never been so happy to be wrong. Smiling Shibata is without a doubt my new “happy place.” My favourite is @indiandeathlock‘s collage. Goofy grin, wine drinking Shibata is the best Shibata.
I still don’t believe that last one is really him.