There is some money to be made as a Freelance in Japan. The problem is that Nagata's overall value has fallen since the loss. That's why the ratings fell for the match. I think that Nagata will be able to overcome this and become a top draw again. The only obstacle is Inoki.
Hayabusa updates aren't as frequent maybe because his health hasn't looked good since December.
"Kent Brockman here once again at The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, where a complete evacuation has taken place. Details are sketchy at best, so we've taken what little information we have, added our own theories, and concluded that whatever the likely disaster, it's most likely the work of our former president Richard M Nixon, even though he is rumored dead." -Kent Brockman
I agree with a lot of points you make from a storyline perspective. The main problem I have is that they pretty much abandoned his "hellfire and brimstone" side and basically made him a "lovable freak".