Welcome to the second edition of a new ongoing series that will cover the greatest feuds in WWE history.
Last week's edition focused on a rivalry that generated some classic in-ring encounters. This week will take a slightly different approach and look at a slow-burning feud that catapulted one of the participants to main-event stardom.
The simmering rivalry between Triple H and Batista was a master class in slowly building up the company's newest superstar. Expertly booked from start to finish, this is one of the most memorable feuds in recent years, as it carefully transitioned Batista from the enforcer of Evolution to World Heavyweight Champion and top star over the next several months.