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Why Batista Was Chosen As A Member Of Evolution Over Mark Jindrak

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Mark Jindrak was initially planned to join Evolution and WWE even filmed vignettes with Triple H, Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Jindrak before the official debut of the faction.

However, briefly before the group was first seen on WWE TV together, Mark Jindrak was replaced by Batista.

During an episode of his weekly ‘Something To Wrestle With’ podcast, Bruce Prichard revealed why they went with Batista instead of Mark Jindrak.

Here’s what the man formerly known as Brother Love had to say on the situation:

“Yeah, look, Jindrak being in the group was for the same reasons that Batista ended up in the group. The only difference was the feeling among everyone in the group, but also everyone else, was who had it. Who truly had the potential to be the next big thing?

I think in each opportunity, Mark Jindrak didn’t really display that. I don’t know that Mark had the killer instinct in him, Dave (Batista) did.

It was also a matter of how those guys worked together. Dave had worked with Ric before, so there was already a bond there. I think Mark was kind of the odd man out that didn’t seem to fit.

So it was quickly changed and I also think it was one of those situations where, how do guys gel? If you don’t gel, it ain’t gonna work. I don’t think that Mark really gelled with the other three. Dave, immediately did.”

Mark Jindrak and Randy Orton’s antics backstage sometimes resembled those of little kids, making it impossible for them to coexist in Evolution.

Their constant immature behavior was another reason that led to Jindrak being replaced by Batista before the group even officially formed on TV. The decision to separate them was necessary to maintain the group’s cohesion and professionalism.

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