Last night on Raw we witnessed the reformation of one of the most dominant stables in WWE history, Evolution. It was certainly a surprise that some saw coming while others didn't. Either way it has created alot of buzz . The feud that is building between The Shield and Evolution should be nothing short of awesome, but that's not what I want to address in this column.
As some of you may have noticed, a key member from the original fold was missing in the form of Ric Flair. It didn't shock anyone that he wasn't include in the reformation of the group as he isn't signed to a contract by WWE at the moment. Since Flair isn't involved in the resurgence of the group, that leaves an open spot in the group.
That open slot shouldn't be filled by a veteran like Flair though. This go round, Triple H seems to be taking Flair's original role as the veteran in the stable. Batista and Orton are in the role that Triple H was originally as they are the current top stars. For those of you that were around during Evolution's first tenure, you realize that this leaves an open spot for a young talent (or two) in the group. That was actually the whole basis of the name Evolution wasn't it? An evolution of stars.
That being said, there are several people on the roster that I think would fit the mold for this position. The first man that comes to mind is Damien Sandow. Sandow has been in a downward spiral since losing to John Cena back in October. He's become a jobber and it's been a waste of a wonderful talent.
Sandow reminds me of a young Triple H before he came into his own. I think he would be the perfect fit for the group. He has the look and attitude to fit perfectly into the fold. Beyond that, this could finally be his breakout moment in which he truly finds himself as a wrestler/character. Recently on Raw, Sandow was cutting a promo on how he deserves better when he was interrupted by Big Show.
I'm not sure if that was arranged on purpose or if it was just a coincidence, but it would be a great way to lead to Sandow joining Evolution. It's no secret that Triple H and Orton humiliated Show last fall on numerous occasions, so bring that into the current story. Have Triple H make a No DQ match between Sandow and Big Show because of what happened. During the match, Batista and Orton come to the ring along with Triple H and they all double team Big Show and help Sandow win. Batista and Orton lift Sandow onto their shoulders as Triple H proclaims Damien Sandow as the newest member of Evolution.
Triple H is a master of the microphone and he could build Sandow up like no other. Hunter would make Sandow truly seem special. It would also bring Sandow alot of heat which would be a huge boost to his career. I hope this happens in some form. Whether it's the scenario that I detailed above or not - Damien Sandow should be a part of the new Evolution.
After joining Evolution, I would have Triple H make Dean Ambrose defend his United States Title against Damien Sandow on Raw. As usual with a group like Evolution, they find a way to help Sandow win the title. This establishes Sandow as a legit member of the stable and plants seeds for him in a feud against The Shield. This would also set up The Shield vs. Batista, Orton, and Sandow at Extreme Rules. Keep Triple H out of the action like Ric Flair was kept out in the original fold. Keeping Triple H out also makes people want to see The Shield beat him up more. Perfect way to build towards a potential Reigns/HHH match at SummerSlam.
Although I think Sandow should be involved, I truly believe another person would be great to add to the fold. Especially since in the original Evolution there were two young stars (Batista & Orton). Now that there are essentially three veterans, it's even more important to have two rookies so to speak. Who would be that final member to the new Evolution? I have your answer - Wade Barrett.
Recently, WWE has seemingly began pushing Barrett again. He competed in his first match in months on Raw a few weeks ago defeating Rey Mysterio. Since then he has earned victories over Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler. I think that Barrett would be another perfect choice for Evolution.
Just like Sandow, Barrett has the look and attitude to fit right in with Evolution. Barrett is a rough, tough guy from England with a cocky attitude. That's a perfect fit for the group of power hungry stars. I firmly believe that Barrett will win the IC Title tournament to face Big E for the championship at Extreme Rules.
I also think that this would be the perfect time for Barrett to be revealed as a member of Evolution. Since the PPV is Extreme Rules, I expect the match between Barrett and Big E to have some sort of stipulation. This would allow some interference from Batista, Orton, and Sandow. The three help Barrett win the Intercontinental Championship then hold him up on their shoulders before walking back up the ramp together.
And there you have it - the 2014 version of Evolution consisting of Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton, Damien Sandow, and Wade Barrett. It's perfect booking if you ask me. Two outstanding young stars are being made relevant while Batista, Orton, & HHH pass the torch to The Shield at the same time. Five new stars built in one storyline. I don't think it could be done any better way.
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