A Tribute and Attempt to Recreate the Greatest Stable in WWE History: Evolution

Ryan FryeSenior Analyst IMay 8, 2011

Evolution [ev-uh-loo-shuh

n]                                        Any process of formation or growth; development.

-Via Dictionary.com 

Evolution consisted of four members: Ric Flair, Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista.

These four dominated Monday Night Raw for the better part of two and a half years. In fact, at its peak, Evolution held every title on Raw: Ric Flair and Batista held the World Tag Team Championships, Orton held the Intercontinental Championship and Triple H was the World Heavyweight Champion.

They feuded with the likes of Goldberg, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash and The Dudley Boyz. And for the most part, destroyed each and every one of them. 

The concept for the Evolution stable came from Triple H, who has discussed how Evolution came about:

"It was my initial concept and I ran it by Vince McMahon and I ran it by Flair. My initial concept was pretty much what we said on TV.

"I looked around and we had Ric Flair as a baby face just sitting there and not doing a whole lot, then you had myself, and I felt like Ric could be utilized better as a mentor to a younger guy who was up and coming.

"I felt like somebody could get the rub off of him, then the more I started thinking about it, I thought if we put together a group where we took a couple of guys and they could get a rub off of both Ric and I, and Ric could be accompanying them to the ring and become part-wrestler, part-mentor, part-manager, that this could really get big.

"So I ran it by Ric and he liked the idea. And when I was talking to Vince about it, he asked me what other wrestlers I wanted to do Evolution with, and I honestly didn't know. So Ric and I spent a lot of time just watching guys. Ric and I would actually watch every match, scouting each wrestler to see who could pull this off.

"To me, this was an important deal because I had to pick two guys who I thought could be big stars on their own one day, otherwise we're just wasting our time."—From an interview with IGN.com in 2004

It began with Ric Flair interfering in Triple H's WWE Championship Match, by hitting Rob Van Dam with a sledgehammer. After this, Flair began to act as Triple H's manager.

When Batista moved over to SmackDown, Flair would begin to act as his manager. And, of course, Randy Orton would also join this group. 

This, in my opinion, was the perfect formation for a stable named Evolution. It also would create the perfect blueprint for a stable, this not seen since "The Four Horsemen" days.

Ironically, Ric Flair was a part of both.

Not only was Evolution great when formed and at it's peak, but perhaps was most entertaining when they split.

First came the member who joined last, Randy Orton. He defeated Chris Benoit for the World Heavyweight Championship. The following night on Raw, after another successful defense against Benoit, Triple H gave Batista the trademark thumbs down.

A beatdown, which would officially kick Orton out of Evolution, ensued.

Next was Batista. He won the Royal Rumble, and instead of facing the WWE Champion, he chose Triple H. Obviously, this didn't sit well with "The King of Kings."

And as we all know, Batista won at WrestleMania 21, which began his long sit atop the WWE.

Now with just Triple H and Ric Flair, Trips would soon attack and turn on Flair, thus ending Evolution.  

They had you tuning on a weekly basis just to see what they were going to do next. This is something stables these days are lacking.

My point being: Do you tune into Raw weekly to see what The New Nexus will do? Maybe at times for CM Punk, but never the stable as a whole.

Perhaps the stable I am about to create could do the job:  

The Manager- Ric Flair: Ric Flair has been in many stables in his long  and illustrious wrestling career. As the "Dirtiest Player in the Game," Flair is an expert at how to attract heat from the crowd.

Honestly, I'm not sure how the modern day WWE could duplicate Flair's excellence with this kind of stable. However, I believe the best bet would be Triple H.

The World Champion - Triple H: At this stage of his career, Triple H was in his prime. He was the ultimate heel, as he demanded to have the World Heavyweight Championship in his hands at all times and would do anything to achieve this.

Even if it meant cheating or stabbing a friend in the back.

In the modern day WWE, they could use numerous heels for this role. However, I believe putting Randy Orton in this role would be good.

He could go back to being a heel, as well as going full circle since his days in Evolution. The problem here is, Orton and Triple H would have to patch things up for the storyline to be credible.

The Up & Comer, Mid-Card Champion - Randy Orton: Then known as "The Legend Killer," Orton was a young, cocky heel who ended legends' careers. He was Intercontinental Champion for most of Evolution's stint as a stable. This was until he won the World Title, which would soon lead to Evolution's downfall.  

In the current landscape of the WWE and the members I've added so far, I believe "The Chosen One" Drew McIntyre could fill this role to perfection.

The Powerhouse - Batista: Batista was the powerhouse or enforcer of this group. He had a silent but deadly kind of gimmick.

I have three names for this role: Ezekiel Jackson, Mason Ryan or Skip Sheffield. 

Jackson was basically playing this role in The Corre until he was excommunicated in recent weeks.

Ryan, although he has similar traits to that of Batista, is still very green in the ring.

Lastly, Sheffield has been injured since August, but had previously shown the ability to be both a face and a monster heel.

I choose Sheffield to fill Batista role.

I feel like the formula created by the masterminds (Triple H and Ric Flair) who put together Evolution, should be used once again if the WWE wants a legitimate stable, hence my attempt to recreate the greatness. 

So what do you think? Is the Evolution formula perfect to be used once again? Is it the best stable in WWE history?  

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