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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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Daniel Bryan vs. WWE

 

Daniel Bryan is currently facing the entire WWE, over the McMahons’ claim that he is not superstar material.

SummerSlam last Sunday in Los Angeles provided a glimpse on the twists and turns of WWE storylines. The WWE Championship matches were a shocker, to say the least. John Cena, expected to miss time due to injury, relinquished the title to Daniel Bryan. However, the story didn’t end there. Randy Orton, the Money in the Bank winner, cashed in his shot at the title. Triple H, the special guest referee for the match, provided his former Evolution ally a much-needed opening by nailing Bryan with a Pedigree, culminating with Orton pinning Bryan and winning the WWE Championship.

Over the past few weeks, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, his daughter Stephanie, and son-in-law Triple H, doubted Bryan over his image and capability of winning and honoring the WWE Championship. They claim that the image of Bryan holding the gold is not what WWE wanted, further concluding that Bryan is not WWE superstar material. This started a feud between Bryan and the McMahons, even going as far as sending The Shield to protect the McMahons and the WWE roster from Bryan at the end of Raw the night after SummerSlam. There is no doubt that the crowd was behind Bryan, but the rest of the WWE, led by Orton, were against him.

One particular theory behind the McMahons’ doubt over Bryan came during his ‘No, No, No’ gimmick, where he became a pessimistic and bitter wrestler after he was dumped by AJ Lee in the middle of their wedding ceremony last year. Of course, many knew Bryan’s psychotic gimmick, but Orton once had the gimmick of a psychotic wrestler during his feud with Triple H in 2009. That cancels out this theory. Another of McMahon’s theories is that Bryan’s beard does not fit the corporate WWE image, which led to an attempt to shave Bryan’s beard on Raw several weeks back. However, Orton currently sports a beard too, thus cancelling out this theory as well.

Another one came back in Bryan’s first WWE tenure. Back during his Nexus days, Bryan once strangled ring announcer Justin Roberts during a Raw live show in 2010, leading to his dismissal from the company. Yes, Bryan was fired the first time around, while Orton has remained with the company since his days as ‘The Legend Killer’. That incident alone may have proven the McMahons’ claim that Bryan was never WWE superstar material to begin with because of incidents such as this.

Over the next few weeks Daniel Bryan will continue to feud with the McMahons, Randy Orton, and perhaps the rest of the WWE. Whether or not Bryan is worthy to be a superstar remains to be seen.

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