Evolution was originally created to mix old and new, launching new talents into the main event stratosphere while keeping the incumbents relevant.
The project went according to plan. By the end of Evolution's original run, Randy Orton and Batista had gone from apprentices to perennial pay-per-view headliners.
Evolution reformed as of last Monday's Raw. A six-man tag team match has already been announced pitting The Shield against Evolution at Extreme Rules. But this time around the average age of Evolution (minus Flair) is 41.
With all three stars well into Hall of Fame careers, there is very little to evolve. This stable doesn't represent evolution so much as it does the evolved.
Evolution can still serve its purpose, however, as a band of top stars who lead to the ascent of up-and-coming talent. But it will have to do so through its opponents rather than building from within.
The Shield has been on an upward trajectory since its debut with no signs of slowing down. Coming off a second consecutive WrestleMania win, the stable has gone about as far as it could without actually being established stars.
According to PWInsider.com (via WrestleNewz.com), WWE's goal is to elevate Roman Reigns as a top star, with this feud leading to a match against Evolution leader Triple H.
Through long-term planning, however, all three members of Evolution will be readily associated with WWE's elite talent simply by feuding with Evolution.
Young stars Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will evolve coming off of their war against Batista, Randy Orton and Triple H.
If a match between Triple H and Roman Reigns is the endgame, similar singles showdowns between the remaining members of Evolution and the Shield will help both parties.
Orton and Batista will benefit from high-quality matches against talented workers Ambrose and Rollins, who will benefit from rubbing elbows with two-thirds of the WrestleMania XXX main event.
Working with future stars will only add value to the slumping careers of Batista and Orton, who will avoid becoming repetitive and stale.
Evolution will again be evident through this well-placed rivalry. In fact, if The Shield were to be elevated after the vanquishing Orton, Batista and Triple H—which would represent a changing of the guard—this would be evolution in its truest form.