Evolution may be headlining the WWE‘s next “Special Event,” Extreme Rules, but there’s reason to believe they won’t be around much longer; at least not in their current form.
It’s been reported that Batista will be taking time off immediately after Extreme Rules on May 4. There’s no word yet on how long Batista will be gone, but one would assume he’ll return in time for SummerSlam.
This is interesting for a number of reasons. First, was it worked into Batista’s contract for him to have the time off, or was this necessitated by an injury or something else we’re not yet aware of? If it’s part of his contract, than it’s safe to assume that he was never winning the title at WrestleMania XXX, despite winning the Royal Rumble.
Sure, Batista could have had a one-month run as champion, but that seems counterproductive. Short title reigns aren’t exactly effective in getting guys over, and the WWE needs Batista to be strong this summer when his film, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” hits theaters on Aug. 1.
Furthermore, Batista’s leave would seem to indicate that the Shield will win the match at Extreme Rules. If Evolution isn’t going to exist after May 4, there’s no point in having them beat the Hounds of Justice. There may not have been a point to that scenario anyway, but this doesn’t leave much room for doubt. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Batista take the fall for the second straight month.
However, if the WWE wants to keep the program alive, they could simply have another wrestler take Batista’s place in the stable. After all, it’s not like Big Dave is irreplaceable.
There’s another reason to think that Evolution may not be dead after all. It may sound silly, but the WWE just released a brand new Evolution t-shirt. Historically, the company doesn’t do this for short-term programs. It’s hard to sell t-shirts when the featured stars on the shirts aren’t actually working together.
At the end of the day, it’s hard to envision Evolution falling apart only a couple weeks after their reformation for the first time in nearly 10 years. While it’s evident that Batista will be out of action for at least a couple of months, Evolution may move on without him.