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!
I'd have to agree with most of your list, although I feel the opposite about Undertaker. I think Lance Storm was on his way to be a member of that list as well, until WWF decided to just completely job him out.