According to PWInsider (via WrestlingInc), Ric Flair has been booked to appear on Raw next week in the old-school territory of St. Louis. With the newly formed Evolution, it’s a safe bet he’ll be in an angle involving his old band mates.
WWE has opted to move forward with a three-man Evolution stable. It is worth noting that this week’s video package wasn’t shy about airing clips that included Ric Flair. This is only peculiar in that WWE could have completely excluded all things Flair if it wanted to, yet he could plainly be seen even by the non-jaded eye.
Suddenly it becomes reasonable to inquire whether Flair will actually be added to the Evolution stable.
Hopefully that answer is no.
In Flair, much value exists to further the Shield-Evolution storyline, but only on a short-term basis. If he sticks around, Evolution goes from a legit heel faction to a novelty act.
Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton are the last of what has become a dying breed in WWE. They’re heels who people actually dislike. They’re not shrewdly goading fans into cheering for them. To many, their mere presence represents all that is wrong with wrestling.
Nepotism. Politics. Part-timing. These are all very real issues inherent within Evolution. They translate to potent animosity, which will benefit the Shield as conquering antiheroes. And they’ll all be buried beneath the unmatched presence of Ric Flair.
With Flair in the fold, this storyline goes from good guys versus bad guys to “isn't that Ric Flair?”
In fact, Evolution would get far more heat vanquishing of its own mentor than reuniting with him. Flair is in Lifetime Achievement mode. Even his most heinous heel tactics would get cheered, and WWE has no shortage of cool heels these days.
Flair will be a welcomed addition to what has become WWE’s top feud. With Flair under contract and Evolution back in tow, Naitch almost has to have some sort of involvement.
But less is more in this scenario. Ric Flair as a fourth member of Evolution isn’t evolution. It’s going backwards.