It’s Evolution Week in WWE as the company celebrates the four-man group that dominated the Ruthless Aggression Era on the Raw brand.
Evolution consisted of a proven main event Triple H, who was always around the WWE/World Title at that point. Triple H was joined by his mentor Ric Flair, who has the most recognized World Title wins of all time with 16. Randy Orton turned 23 years old in the year the group was formed, so he was the blue chipper in the group in his first full year on WWE TV. Batista was also in his first year on WWE TV, but filled more of the power guy role.
The group was together as a foursome until the Raw after SummerSlam 2004 when Triple H, Batista and Flair turned on Orton, who had just won the World Heavyweight Title one night earlier. Triple H was jealous of Orton for that and won the World Heavyweight Title again just about a month later at Unforgiven.
Going into 2005, Batista emerged as a major star by winning the Royal Rumble and challenging Triple H for the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania 21, which led to a lengthy rivalry between the two men that Batista won.
Here’s some more information on WWE.com about the history of Evolution.
Celebrate Evolution’s 20-year WWE anniversary all week long
Twenty years ago this month, one of the most dominant factions in WWE history stormed onto the scene with the emergence of Evolution.
Led by Triple H, Evolution represented the best of the past, present and future of sports-entertainment in 2003, combining The Game and 16-time World Champion Ric Flair with two potent newcomers who’d go on to become legends in their own right, Batista and Randy Orton.
The group steamrolled competition on Raw during The Ruthless Aggression Era — at one point, all four members held championship gold simultaneously — all while flaunting their enviable lifestyle, whether it was designer clothing, luxury cars or a custom entrance song performed by Motörhead. After disbanding in 2005, Evolution reunited a handful of times throughout the years, most recently at SmackDown 1000 in 2018.
In celebration of the 20-year anniversary of Evolution’s formation, WWE social channels will be paying tribute to the groundbreaking faction all week long. Be on the lookout for classic full-length matches, a special Evolution-themed episode of WWE Playlist, rare photos and more, and be sure to join the festivities by sharing your favorite memories of the group using hashtag #EvolutionWeek.