While Evolution may be a dominant force on Raw and SmackDown, the group's future is in doubt due to member Batista's blossoming movie career.
Credit to the star: Many wrestlers attempt to get into Hollywood, but don't get much further than the odd supporting role in a bad low-budget "B-movie" that might air on the Syfy channel one Saturday night.
Batista, however, has actually done extremely well. He's picked up parts in high-profile parts like Riddick and The Man with the Iron Fists. He has a major role in the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy (that's the one with the wise-cracking, gun-toting CGI raccoon).
He's also just signed on to star in a remake of the cult '80s movie, Kickboxer, alongside UFC star Georges St-Pierre. Not bad for a guy who can't really act.
Inevitably, his acting projects will take him away from WWE once more. (Guardians of the Galaxy is due out in theaters in August and will likely require a ton of promotional work.)
But what will Evolution do without him? Talented as they are, Randy Orton and Triple H can't really carry the act by themselves.
One idea bandied about is for the WWE to re-introduce Ric Flair as a member. Assuming the company can keep the high-spirited Flair in line as he travels on the road, this sounds like a wise move.
The current incarnation of Evolution lacks the fun quality that “The Nature Boy” used to bring to proceedings. He could help make the group must-see television again.
Another way to ensure the stable's long-term future would be to replenish it with new members. Evolution could be a great stable to get over either stale roster members or NXT wrestlers.
Think how much someone like Dolph Ziggler or Damien Sandow could gain from joining Triple H and Orton on television as the newest members of Evolution. If anything could rebuild their broken careers, it's that.
And NXT wrestlers like Adrian Neville or Viktor would get off to a great start if they were linked with Evolution right off the bat.
Evolution, after all, came about in 2003 partly as a way to push Orton and Batista to the top. The group is an ideal vehicle for getting new guys over.
Summarily, there are a few ways the group can stick around even if/when Batista departs in the next few months. The stable can continue to survive and thrive. WWE just has to be willing to shake things up a little.
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