WWE continues to evolve after WrestleMania XXX. Ironically, it's happening in the form of Evolution.
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Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista reformed Evolution at the end of the April 14 edition of RAW. They christened their reforged alliance with a beat down of The Shield at the end of the show.
Triple H announced on the following SmackDown that a six-man tag team match between Evolution and The Shield will take place this Sunday at Extreme Rules.
Evolution first rose to power in 2003. The group represented the past, present and future of professional wrestling. This was symbolized by “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Triple H, Orton and Batista, respectively.
Due to their conflicting conquests for championship gold, the group dissolved in 2005.
Nine years later, Evolution continues to represent the past, present and future of WWE. However, with a new incarnation comes new symbolism.
Triple H now symbolizes the past. The former world champion was once the most dominant competitor in the company. He now stands as its leader, like a king who was once a great warrior.
Batista and Randy Orton represent the present. The two have evolved from hungry young lions to former world champions. Orton is on the top of the proverbial mountain in WWE, being a perennial main eventer. Batista returned from Hollywood to prove he can still wrestle, much like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at WrestleMania 28 and 29.
While the past and present of Evolution is obvious, the future's embodiment remains unclear. There are two possibilities to be considered.
The first candidate is Stephanie McMahon, the heiress of the WWE empire and daughter of its current owner, Vince McMahon. Stephanie currently oversees the general operations of WWE along with her husband, Triple H. Upon Mr. McMahon's inevitable retirement, she will lead the company into a new era of sports entertainment.
In short, Stephanie McMahon is the future of WWE.
The second possible embodiment is Evolution's opponent, The Shield. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins made their debut in November 2012. Seventeen dominant months later, they have a body count unseen since Evolution.
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