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– SmackDown 1,000 just got a whole lot more interesting with one announcement. WWE has confirmed that Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton, Batista and Ric Flair) will appearing during the historic show.

Evolution is considered one of the greatest stables in WWE history. Their first run allowed Orton and Batista to be elevated into the main event scene. They represented the future as Triple H stood for the present with Flair being the past. The group reformed a few years ago, minus Flair, in losing a pair of matches to The Shield.

A few weeks ago, Batista was vocal against WWE as he wasn’t invited to be part of SmackDown 1,0000. Things have changed and they will join the likes of Undertaker and Edge at October 16 show. Also confirmed in local advertisements is Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton, The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe vs.AJ Styles.

Below is WWE’s official statement.

Evolution reunites: Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton & Ric Flair to appear at SmackDown 1000

The band is back together.

At SmackDown 1000 on Tuesday, Oct. 16, Evolution reunites – Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton and Ric Flair will be in Washington, D.C. for the historic event.

Evolution is comprised of some of the most successful Superstars in history – there are 49 world championship reigns between the four members, who ran roughshod through WWE from 2002 to 2005, then rode again for a vicious rivalry with The Shield in 2014.

What does Evolution have in store as they make their first-ever appearance on the blue brand during this groundbreaking night? Find out during SmackDown’s 1000th episode, Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 8/7 C on USA Network!

– There remains no update on when Sasha Banks will be cleared to return inside the ring. While WWE is yet to make an announcement, Banks is dealing with some sort of health issue according the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Banks lasted competed inside a ring on September 3. She was removed from the Mixed Match Challenge due to the health problem and there is no word if she will be ready for the Evolution pay per view on October 28. If Banks is unable to compete, it would be major blow to the historic card.

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