Anyway, given that I've seen this story talked about elsewhere (with dubious sources), I'll just point to the Holly/Gunn match in question being left off Smackdown as saying all that needs to be said. If there was politicing involved getting them a Smackdown match as opposed to RVD in Vince's absence, Vince flexed his muscle when preparing the show for TV and had them left off anyway. Kudos to Vince?
I'm going to take a guess and assume that all of Japan and Mexico are excluded? This would be the greatest north american wrestlers? And current indy/tna guys who are to young would also be excluded I guess. Sting maybe? Don't forget Gotch either:)