As a mainstay on the SmackDown roster, Funaki has become a favorite of WWE fans. The high-flyer never backs down from a battle, proudly representing the Land of the Rising Sun every time he steps in the ring. Funaki is no pushover, as he proved when he defeated Spike Dudley to capture his first and only Cruiserweight Championship in 2004.
In addition to his wrestling ability, Funaki has shown that he can entertain. In the summer of 2002, then SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon hired Funaki to be an announcer. Immediately, Funaki gleefully dubbed himself SmackDown's "No. 1 announcer!"
Funaki will go to great lengths to get the scoop for WWE fans — even if it means going into the women's locker room. He's also not afraid to ask the tough questions. He got the first interview with Al Wilson, Torrie Wilson's father, after Al was caught in the shower with Dawn Marie. Rumor has it, Barbara Walters was green with envy that Funaki got that exclusive scoop.