Randy Orton, John Cena, and Batista will go down as being among the most popular wrestling stars of the past two decades. In the early 2000s, all of these wrestling stars were brought in to WWE as developmental talents.
On the recent episode of the ARN podcast, Arn Anderson revealed the reason why John Cena wasn’t a part of Ric Flair’s Evolution.
Orton and Batista were guided by Triple H and Ric Flair and although Cena was still green, he didn’t join Evolution.
Anderson revealed the reason behind this saying that The Viper and The Animal still needed more attention and guidance than John, which is why they were added to be a part of Evolution and the 16-time WWE Champion wasn’t.
“So Cena was gonna be split off by himself, and I think the company saw an opportunity to take Dave [Batista] and Randy, who needed to have more seasoned talent guiding them, which would be Hunter [Triple H] and Ric, and they saw an opportunity because those guys looked like a trillion dollars together when they came through that curtain. All four of them.”
Anderson also praised the wrestling stable and how the combination of old and new worked well in WWE.
“Dressed to the nines, and it was just a good combination of old and new, and you had a good chance to get a couple of new guys over really quickly. I thought that concept worked, I thought those guys worked really well together, and it worked.”