They are finally using Funaki again! He is apparently going to be a heel manager for ?Kenzo? on Smackdown. Unfortunatly the first feud is against Billy Gunn, which makes it difficult, but if they do it right it might work (and hopefully signals the return of the great TAKA Michinoku...well, I can dream?)
I am a closet fan of Funaki, loved Kaientai altogether. Good luck to him!