Superstar of the Week: Faction: Evolution

Faction name: EVOLUTION

  1. Members:
  • Triple H
  • Ric Flair
  • Randy Orton
  • Batista

 

  1. Combined Weight:
  • 1,027 lbs

 

  1. Debut: January 20, 2003
  2. Disbanded: October 3, 2005, June 2, 2014 (Second after reunion)

 

  1. Finishers:
  • Triple H – Pedigree
  • Ric Flair – Figure 4 Leg Lock
  • Randy Orton – RKO
  • Batista – Batista Bomb

 

  1. Faction Accomplishments

 

Evolution is one of the most dominant, if not the most dominant factions in WWE history. When we look at the past WWE factions that were put together such as DX, The Hart Foundation, The Four Hoursemen, and the New World Order, they were not built quite like Evolution. Evolution had a purpose – to withstand the test of time, and to pass knowledge on to generations, hence the name Evolution.

 

They started with the past, Ric Flair, who served as a mentor. The 16x champ would lecture the group and instruct them throughout their years together. We then moved to the present (of the time) Triple H. As a reigning World Champion and THE GUY of the company, The Game was there as head of the group. He led the charge and whatever he wanted the faction executed. He was a leader who would advise and give guidance as the last two, Orton and Batista, deemed as “The Future” who would absorb under his and Flair’s wings.

 

As the group became more dominant, the titles started pouring in. At one point, the whole faction would hold gold: Triple H as the World Heavyweight Champion, Flair and Batista as World Tag Champions, and Randy Orton as the Intercontinental Champion. All together during their time together, they would amass 6 World Heavyweight Championship reigns (5 to Tirple H one to Orton), 2 World Tag Team Championship Reigns – Batista and Flair, One Intercontinental Title run by Orton and Batista would go on to win the 2005 Royal Rumble which led to the eventual downfall of the faction as he decided to stay on Raw and take on Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship.

 

After Batista won the title at Wrestlemania 21, Evolution was quiet for almost a decade. This was until 2014, when the Shield was running the WWE with their dominance. It seemed that no one could stop Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns. After a disaster of a return for Batista and poor booking by the writers, Triple H took it into his own hands reuniting the faction for one last run. Although they suffered 2 PPV loses to the Shield, putting them over as the top faction of the New Era, Evolution showed what an old school heel was like. Nothing changed from 2004 – Triple H ran the show and Orton and Batista put on flawless performances in and out of the ring. They will go down at the top list of factions in WWE history not only for all of the champions each member held, but for the dominance they showed and allowance for future stars like the Shield to come in and grow the faction segment of WWE even more.

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