Evolution is a mystery

Evolution was an on-screen group of wrestlers within World Wrestling Entertainment between 2002 and 2005. The faction consisted of HHH, Ric Flair, Randy Orton, and Dave Batista. They were paired as representatives of "the past, the present, and the future" of wrestling, and true to their design, the group led to Orton and Batista getting their first main event exposure.

The genesis of the group started in September 2002 when HHH and Ric Flair aligned at the expense of Rob Van Dam. Afterwards, they watched all the active younger wrestlers in WWE before selecting Randy Orton and Batista to join the group in February 2003, except Orton and Batista were both injured later that month, so neither man could participate in the group until they recovered. Orton returned in May, followed by Batista in October.

In December 2003, Evolution had its greatest success at Armageddon as all four men won championship belts at the event. This title monopoly gave Evolution great momentum in 2004, which culminated with Randy Orton defeating Chris Benoit for the World Heavyweight championship at SummerSlam, but he was kicked out of the group the next night on RAW. Amidst a feud with his former-stablemate, Batista started leaning away from the group as well, even winning the Royal Rumble in January 2005, which enabled him to challenge HHH for the World title at WrestleMania 21. Batista beat HHH, leaving Evolution with just HHH and Ric Flair again. In October 2005, the group was completely dissolved when HHH turned on Flair.

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