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Batista Talks Joining Evolution, Triple H Thinking He Would Get Heat For It, Almost Being Replaced

During the second edition of his interview series on Talk is Jericho, Batista and host Chris Jericho discussed how Batista was almost replaced in Evolution, a move that would have changed wrestling forever.

Jericho and Batista were speaking about how much Randy Orton had changed over the past decade, and how instrumental Evolution was to both Orton and Batista himself. Jericho also noted that Orton had tried to start fights with him three or four times.

Batista says he was warned by Triple H ahead of forming Evolution that the two inexperienced starts would get a lot of heat for riding the coattails of Helmsley and Flair. An injury almost eliminated him from the stable altogether, as Mark Jindrak was slated to replace him.

“They were considering him replacing me when I was injured. Hunter wanted it to be the four of us, he was pretty adamant. He fought for us,” Batista said of nearly being replaced.

“I get injured, and Randy (Orton) was back before I was and they wanted that fourth member,” Batista said

Batista and Jericho spoke about how much the business had changed since Evolution, citing a change in Vince McMahon’s demeanor. Part two of Batista’s interview on Talk is Jericho can be found at this link.

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