Evolution: the change in inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations. It is said we are the evolution of primates. But aside from biology, each generation has evolved in its own manner. We evolved from Britains to Americans. We evolved from the telephone to Skype. In the WWE, it evolved from a staple in Madison Square Garden to a global phenomenon.
In 2003, Evolution, the wrestling stable, formed with premise of past, present, future, similar to the mantra of WWE currently: Then, Now, Forever. Ric Flair, the sixteen-time world champion, represented the past. Triple H, the current COO of WWE and thirteen-time world Champion, represented the present. Batista and Randy Orton, now established superstars, represented the future. It was Flair and Hunter’s hope that over-time, Batista and Orton would be the coal squeezed into the next diamond and their hopes came true.
Orton grabbed the World Heavyweight Championship in 2004 and Batista did the same in 2005. Since their first reign, Orton has held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship eight times and the World Heavyweight Championship four times, making him a 12-time world champion. He is also the first man to be recognized as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship when he unified the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship. With Batista, he is a six-time world champion and the longest reigning World Heavyweight Champion in history. With all these accolades, Orton and Batista have become diamonds and thus evolved into the present-day stars Triple H was back in 2003.
The reformation of Evolution came with questions of the fourth member. If Evolution represents the past, present, future, then Triple H is a representation of the past while Orton and Batista represent the present. So who represents the future?
Well, if you look across the ring from Evolution, the future and quasi-fourth member of Evolution is The Shield. Since their arrival to WWE at Survivor Series 2012, The Shield have ran roughshod over everyone they have faced and billed as the young hounds biting their way through the competition. As a unit, they have accumulated main-event status and have had match of the year caliber matches in many of their PPV bouts. However, they were never billed against opponents of the caliber of Evolution. Sure, they’ve faced combined main-event talent like Cena, Sheamus, Daniel Bryan, Big Show, etc. but a unit of three from the list of these individuals pales in comparison to Evolution.
Combined, Evolution has 31 world championship reigns. They have WrestleMania experience, Hell in a Cell, Elimination Chamber, the list goes on. You’d be hard pressed to name something Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista have not done while in the WWE. They have done everything and have accomplished everything, but even in their days as Evolution, there was no united force like the Shield that was in their way of dominance. If you have two groups that were never challenged by another group as equally dominant, some magic is bound to happen. And if anything, this feud is all in favor of The Shield.
Through this feud with Evolution, the Shield can become that coal squeezed into a diamond. They have already had much success in the WWE, but toppling the Authority and actually bringing some justice to the WWE can put not only the group really over with the WWE Universe, but put each individual over. Everything in this feud, from working with Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista to having main-event matches at upcoming PPVs and HOPEFULLY singles matches on TV, is all to help elevate The Shield over as faces with the Universe.
So there’s no need to put a Bo Dallas or some heel character to be the fourth member of Evolution because the fourth member is the Shield. They are the next generation and will represent the WWE in the years to come. Believe that.