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WWE: Evolution 2.0

A new Evolution? Looks like Triple H and Randy Orton are plotting a revival of the hated stable known as Evolution.

A decade ago, Ric Flair, Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista formed the heel stable known as ‘Evolution‘. The concept behind it is that Flair, the 16-time world champion, would act as mentor to the then-current champion Triple H, who in turn pass that knowledge to young studs Orton and Batista. Throughout late 2003 and early 2004, Evolution reached its pinnacle when every member held a championship. Though the group gradually dissolved after Orton and Batista’s world title victories, its legacy remains instrumental to the WWE today.

This year, there is a so-called ‘Evolution 2.0’ brewing in WWE. At SummerSlam, Triple H turned heel when he pedigreed Daniel Bryan, helping former Evolution stablemate Orton cash his Money in the Bank contract and win the WWE Championship. In the weeks after Triple H and Orton would humiliate Bryan, in the process bringing along The Shield for protection purposes.

Like the original Evolution, this group played the role of bad guys who love to beat up on their popular babyface counterparts. Moreover, the concept of evolution was emphasized here.  Triple H now acts as the mentor to the WWE Champion Orton, with the Shield playing the role of a younger Orton and Batista. In just two weeks this new band (or stable, if you’re wrestling-conscious) has wreaked havoc within the WWE universe, with their most hated target being Daniel Bryan.

In the coming weeks this unnamed stable will continue to bring nightmares to both Bryan and the WWE universe. And with Triple H pulling the strings in his role as the Chief Operating Officer, the entire WWE roster (heels, faces and tweeners notwithstanding) will only watch helplessly as this stable continues to thwart Daniel Bryan in his quest to regain respect and the WWE Championship.

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New WWE Feuds for SummerSlam

A Brock Lesnar-CM Punk feud should be the main headline for SummerSlam this August.

The WWE Raw following Money in the Bank was explosive, if not the most shocking. In case you missed Money in the Bank, Damien Sandow and Randy Orton captured the briefcases containing the contract for future world championship matches, while John Cena and Alberto Del Rio retained their respective top championships. Perhaps the most highly anticipated reaction was reserved for Rob Van Dam, who made his return to the company after a four-year stint with Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling.

But back to tonight’s Raw. The storyline I’m looking forward to is between Brock Lesnar and CM Punk. Remember, both were managed by Paul Heyman until Punk’s face turn in Chicago at Payback last June. The night after Payback, Lesnar returned and hit Punk with the F-5. Lesnar did not appear on WWE television again until tonight, a decision which I criticized in my previous post because of Lesnar’s drawing power. During Lesnar’s absence, Heyman’s other wrestler Curtis Axel got involved with Punk, and at Money in the Bank, Axel interfered during the Money in the Bank ladder match, costing Punk his opportunity at a third briefcase. Then on Raw, Punk called out Heyman and Lesnar, which led to Lesnar and Punk brawling before another F-5 by Lesnar hit Punk.

The other storyline I’m looking forward to is Dolph Ziggler dumping AJ Lee. Ziggler had turned face at Payback and was trying to reclaim the World Heavyweight Championship from Alberto Del Rio. Unfortunately, Ziggler couldn’t do it at Money in the Bank when AJ hit Del Rio with her Divas’ Championship, causing a disqualification. This led to a backstage involvement on Raw, where Ziggler decided to break up with AJ. During a non-title rematch with Del Rio, AJ distracted Ziggler, and then Big E Langston attacked his former friend, thus providing closure to their relationship.

Also tonight Daniel Bryan got his wish at a WWE Championship match against John Cena at SummerSlam. Bryan had been on a roll of late, trying to prove himself that he was not weak, and during this period crowds started to get behind him, which led to Cena leaving it up to the crowd to decide the No. 1 contender, which became Bryan.

So far the potential matches at SummerSlam would be CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar, and Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship. I wonder what comes next in the Ziggler-AJ-Del Rio saga. Perhaps it’s either Alberto Del Rio joining forces with AJ and Big E Langston while Ricardo Rodriguez serves his suspension, or that Ziggler and Langston would face off at SummerSlam. Who knows, maybe you can tune in to a couple more episodes of Raw and SmackDown before SummerSlam and see what happens.

As for The Shield and The Wyatt Family, better find a new rivalry fast in order to boost your stock. That’s it for now.

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