Woah hey can you explain how Zack almost got blacklisted cuz he said he was gay?
So this is based on translations of Shibata’s leaked texts, which I can’t read myself, and I’ve read slightly differing versions of what they said. I don’t know which is true, so I’ll just put them both.
In either case: Shibata, Zack, Nagata, and possibly other people were hanging out in England for a RevPro show/tour, before Zack was officially with NJPW. Then, either:
- Zack used the translate function on his phone to say “I am gay” in Japanese, and meant it sincerely, or
- Zack was fucking around with the translate function and used it to say “I am gay” as a joke.
There’s kind of no way to know for sure, imo, since this is based on Shibata’s mistress’ recounting of something he told her Zack did, which - when added to the language barrier - puts it at a quadruple remove. But regardless of how Zack personally meant it, the result was that many people from New Japan thought he was gay and didn’t want to work with him. Shibata, apparently, didn’t think it was a big deal, but some others did, and Zack had to backtrack.
And that’s all I know about that, but it honestly puts his comments about the handsomeness/distraction of fellow wrestlers in an interesting light, since whether he’s being sincere or not, he’s actively continuing to foster an impression that nearly got him shut out of the company before he even started. (And someone there is taking him seriously, because his comments get censored sometimes.)