Most of us thought Ric Flair’s advertised 70th birthday celebration on Monday Night Raw would end with Becky Lynch showing up and Dis-arm-her’ing him on a cake or something, but WWE had a violent surprise prepared: the return of The Animal, Dave Batista, with a message for Triple H.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon arranged a party in the ring featuring several of Flair’s closest friends and former rivals, including Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Ricky Steamboat, and Sting. They even had a custom-made World Heavyweight Championship to present to him, explaining that he’ll “always be a champion” to them. Flair never made it out to the ring, though, because the weekend’s second most notable Guardian of the Galaxy had shown up to attack him in the locker room.
Watch the incident below.
This was the followup to the tease of a confrontation from the Evolution reunion back at Smackdown 1000. Batista was rumored to have a “major match” in the works for WrestleMania 35, but after Triple H’s unexpected injury in the main event of Crown Jewel, many people thought the match was off. From the look of things, the match is very much on, and Ric Flair’s the first casualty of the latest Evolution war.
Nobody tell Randy Orton what happened.