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* TheAce: Downplayed, both in New Japan and Big Mouth Loud, as for whatever reason, he left potential stardom for what was supposed to be guaranteed stardom in Big Mouth Loud but was instead beaten by almost everyone they brought in. New Japan was then iffy about pushing Shibata when he came back and when they did eventually start to get behind him until Shibata got injured pretty severely.



* TheStraightMan: In contrast to flamboyant and colorful characters like Shinsuke Nakamura or Hiroshi Tanahashi, he is billed as "The Wrestler" and wears plain black trunks, stomps straight to the ring with no fancy ring entrance, and after winning a match stomps right back to the locker room without any elaborate celebration. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness The few times he ''doesn't'' walk straight back out after a win]], they're usually for very good reasons.



* TheAce: Downplayed, both in New Japan and Big Mouth Loud, as for whatever reason, he left potential stardom for what was supposed to be guaranteed stardom in Big Mouth Loud but was instead beaten by almost everyone they brought in. New Japan was then iffy about pushing Shibata when he came back and when they did eventually start to get behind him Shibata got injured pretty severely.



* TheStraightMan: In contrast to flamboyant and colorful characters like Nakamura or Tanahashi, he is billed as "The Wrestler" and wears plain black trunks, stomps straight to the ring with no fancy ring entrance, and after winning a match stomps right back to the locker room without any elaborate celebration. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness The few times he ''doesn't'' walk straight back out after a win]], they're usually for very good reasons.


* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Shibata was a promising professional wrestling rookie when he accidentally contributed to Masakazu Fukuda's death in the ring, which has been speculated (not only by fans, but by Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi of all people) as a point in which something broke in his mind. Although he continued his career as expected for four years, he shockingly rejected a large push and jumped at the chance to pursue an uncertain MMA career, screaming that he hated pro wrestling and would never return to it. Then, after he got no success at fighting, he returned anyways while claiming he had always been a pro wrestler and that he despised MMA. Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki and other wrestlers have spoken against him, accusing him of having lost the passion for pro wrestling a long time ago and only returning for the money. Even although Shibata claimed in 2013 that "he was starting to enjoy pro wrestling (again)", many have not completely forgiven him.


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But this isn't the end. On August 12th, 2019, the night of the G1 Climax 29 finals, things got interesting. After bringing in his former tag team partner KENTA to New Japan for the tournament, everything seemed fine. Until KENTA joined Bullet Club. Shibata, enraged at this betrayal, rushed the ring and attacked his former friend, delivering his signature moves whilst also fending off Bullet Club members. Eventually, the numbers game proved to be too much, and KENTA cemented his allegiance by laying out Shibata with his own Penalty Kick and doing Shibata's signature "arms and legs crossed" pose while sitting on his chest.

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* RammingAlwaysWorks: Ran full speed at Hayato Sakurai in the opening seconds of their MMA fight, which knocked Sakurai down for a few seconds.

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* IKnowKarate: Was a national level amateur wrestler and also trained for MMA with Wrestling/MasakatsuFunaki and Wrestling/KazushiSakuraba.


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* SuplexFinisher: Pulled off a German suplex on Ikuhisa Minowa of all people in their MMA fight.


* TheStraightMan: In contrast to flamboyant and colorful characters like Nakamura or Tanahashi, he is billed as "The Wrestler" and wears plain black trunks, stomps straight to the ring with no fancy ring entrance, and after winning a match stomps right back to the locker room without any elaborate celebration. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness The few times he ''doesn't'' walk straight back out after a win]], [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome they're usually for very good reasons]].

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* TheStraightMan: In contrast to flamboyant and colorful characters like Nakamura or Tanahashi, he is billed as "The Wrestler" and wears plain black trunks, stomps straight to the ring with no fancy ring entrance, and after winning a match stomps right back to the locker room without any elaborate celebration. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness The few times he ''doesn't'' walk straight back out after a win]], [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome they're usually for very good reasons]].reasons.


* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Shibata was a promising professional wrestling rookie when he accidentally contributed to Masakazu Fukuda's death in the ring, which has been speculated as a point in which something broke in his mind. Although he continued his career as expected for four years, he shockingly rejected a large push and jumped at the chance to pursue an uncertain MMA career, screaming that he hated pro wrestling and would never return to it. Then, after he got no success at fighting, he returned anyways while claiming he had always been a pro wrestler and that he despised MMA. Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki and other wrestlers have spoken against him, accusing him of having lost the passion for pro wrestling a long time ago and only returning for the money.

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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Shibata was a promising professional wrestling rookie when he accidentally contributed to Masakazu Fukuda's death in the ring, which has been speculated (not only by fans, but by Wrestling/HiroshiTanahashi of all people) as a point in which something broke in his mind. Although he continued his career as expected for four years, he shockingly rejected a large push and jumped at the chance to pursue an uncertain MMA career, screaming that he hated pro wrestling and would never return to it. Then, after he got no success at fighting, he returned anyways while claiming he had always been a pro wrestler and that he despised MMA. Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki and other wrestlers have spoken against him, accusing him of having lost the passion for pro wrestling a long time ago and only returning for the money. Even although Shibata claimed in 2013 that "he was starting to enjoy pro wrestling (again)", many have not completely forgiven him.

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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Shibata was a promising professional wrestling rookie when he accidentally contributed to Masakazu Fukuda's death in the ring, which has been speculated as a point in which something broke in his mind. Although he continued his career as expected for four years, he shockingly rejected a large push and jumped at the chance to pursue an uncertain MMA career, screaming that he hated pro wrestling and would never return to it. Then, after he got no success at fighting, he returned anyways while claiming he had always been a pro wrestler and that he despised MMA. Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki and other wrestlers have spoken against him, accusing him of having lost the passion for pro wrestling a long time ago and only returning for the money.


Sadly, Shibata's career may have been cut short. After a match with Kazuchika Okada at Sakura Genesis in April of 2017, Shibata was found with a hematoma that required emergency surgery. As of this writing, it is unknown if he will compete again.

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Sadly, Shibata's career may have been was cut short. After short after a match with Kazuchika Okada at Sakura Genesis in April of 2017, Shibata when he was found with a hematoma that required emergency surgery. While he eventually recovered, he can never wrestle again. As of this writing, it is unknown if he will compete again.
he's still working with NJPW as the head coach of their new training center in Los Angeles.



* CareerEndingInjury: Shibata suffered an acute brain injury during his match with Kazuchika Okada at Sakura Genesis 2017 (most likely from a headbutt he gave Okada that was so hard that he ''bled''), and was immediately hospitalized and had to undergo surgery. While the surgery was successful, he suffers paralysis on his left side and it is unlikely that he will ever be cleared to wrestle again.

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* CareerEndingInjury: Shibata suffered an acute brain injury during his match with Kazuchika Okada at Sakura Genesis 2017 (most likely from a headbutt he gave Okada that was so hard that he ''bled''), and was immediately hospitalized and had to undergo surgery. While the surgery was successful, he suffers paralysis on his left side and it is unlikely that he will ever be cleared to cannot wrestle again.


* CatchPhrase: ''"Ijo!"'' (以上) which simply translates as, "That's all!"

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* CatchPhrase: ''"Ijo!"'' (以上) which simply translates as, "That's all!"That's all.


* CatchPhrase: ''"Ijo!"'' (以上) Translates as, "That's all!"

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* CatchPhrase: ''"Ijo!"'' (以上) Translates which simply translates as, "That's all!"

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* CatchPhrase: ''"Ijo!"'' (以上) Translates as, "That's all!"


* TheAce: Downplayed, both in New Japan and Big Mouth Loud, as for whatever reason, he left potential stardom for what was supposed to be guaranteed stardom in Big Mouth Loud but was instead beaten by almost everyone they brought in. New Japan was then iffy about pushing Shibata when he came back and when they did eventually start to get behind him Shibata got injured pretty severely.



* UseYourHead: In retaliation to the NOAH Wrestlers trying to aggravate his shoulder injury after the 2016 ''G1 Climax'', Shibata knocked out Katsuhiko Nakajima with a headbutt. Since then, Shibata's headbutts have been fear by nearly the entire pro wrestling world.

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* UseYourHead: In retaliation to the NOAH Wrestlers trying to aggravate his shoulder injury after the 2016 ''G1 Climax'', Shibata knocked out Katsuhiko Nakajima with a headbutt. Since then, Shibata's headbutts have been fear feared by nearly the entire pro wrestling world.

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** This is Shibata's gimmick in general. He doesn't have the over-the-top personalities or flashy outfits and themes that many of his fellow wrestlers in New Japan (or anywhere else for that matter) have, opting to come to the ring in black trunks similar to what the young boys wear and keeps his presentation and arsenal very spartan.

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