Wrestling legend Ric Flair returned on Monday Night Raw on April 28 to praise members of The Shield.
"Every now and then the WWE has a legend return, for various reasons. Sometimes it could be to get a simple pop, or ratings. Sometimes it can make sense in a storyline. Other times, it can be to put young talent over.
"On Monday night, the WWE did the last of these, using Ric Flair to give a rub to The Shield, despite his previous evolution ties.
"When it was announced on Twitter that Ric Flair would be coming back on Raw, it was assumed it would be part of the Evolution storyline. While some assumed he'd reunite the full Evolution, I never thought that would make a lot of sense -- why pair a super-popular Flair with the most hated guys on the roster?
"Before the main event of the night, which was Roman Reigns against Randy Orton (which ended in a no-contest as the two groups brawled), Flair came down to the ring. He talked about the great stables he's in, primarily the Four Horsemen.
"He ran down the qualities that make a great stable, and talked about how he saw that in the ring. But instead of turning towards Evolution, he said he saw it in The Shield.
"While it was a bit of an awkward segment, as nothing really came from it (at least at this point), it did the job, which was simply putting over The Shield as potentially the next great stable from the man that's more associated with great stables than probably anyone else in wrestling.
"I do think they could have done a little more with it. Perhaps have him come out, and run down Evolution for not seeing what he sees in The Shield, and then maybe even getting attacked.
"It seemed like while it was an acceptable segment, with someone like Ric Flair, they could have done more with it."
The official WWE website explains how Scott Steiner played a role in forming Evolution:
"On Jan. 20, 2003, the rivalry between Scott Steiner and world heavyweight champion Triple H was at a boiling point. On that evening's raw, Big Poppa Pump squared off with The Game's ally, Batista.
"During the battle between the two serious powerhouses, Randy Orton, who had been attacked by Steiner backstage earlier in the evening, interfered and assaulted Big Poppa Pump.
"The Viper's attack resulted in a disqualification for The Animal, but Batista joined Triple H, Flair and Orton in abusing his downed opponent.
"Shortly after their battering of Steiner, the four stars officially adopted the name Evolution, representing the past (Flair), present (Triple H) and future (Orton & Batista) of WWE."
On the other hand, The Shield is a stable composed of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns and was established on Nov. 18, 2012.
The Shield ambushed Batista and Orton on April 14. Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns then participated in an 11-on-3 handicap match which turned into a no-contest after a brawl ensued with The Shield being outnumbered by their antagonists.
Triple H, Orton and Batista then attacked The Shield a bit later and Evolution was re-established. Triple H announced on April 18 that Evolution would take on The Shield in a six-man tag team match at Extreme Rules.
WWE Extreme Rules will commence on May 4, 2014 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.