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The Animal has yet to actually appear on Raw, but no other Superstar can realistically rank above him in terms of being a legitimate option to win the 2014 Royal Rumble.
There has been so much made of the former WWE and World Heavyweight Champion's return to the company that it seems incomprehensible that, in his first match back, he would fall short of achieving victory.
It will be interesting to see who Batista targets in the Rumble match and how that affects the stories and rivalries in which he is involved over the course of the year.
We know he will target Alberto Del Rio, who has been very outspoken about Batista both onscreen and in social media, but who comes after that? Perhaps he and CM Punk will interact. After all, Batista is the protege of Triple H, who appears poised to feud with Punk in the coming weeks.
Or maybe he and Daniel Bryan will interact, leading to feud heading into WrestleMania or, at the very least, coming out of the Showcase of the Immortals.
And what about the possibility of a showdown with The Shield's Roman Reigns, who has drawn comparisons to Batista, thanks to his quiet intensity and high-impact spear? The two of them together could result in one of the more memorable moments of this year's Rumble.
Whatever the case may be, Batista is still the most likely Superstar to leave Pittsburgh as the winner of the Royal Rumble and will remain that way until the match concludes later this month.