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In WWE's eyes, Batista was clearly the biggest star of the night, much to the dismay of seemingly everyone in the audience.
You would think with the amount of boos he received that Batista was going into this pay-per-view a heel, but the intention was obviously the opposite.
Now, WWE has booked itself into a problem.
Does it just trudge along with its plan of making Batista the top guy in the company even though the fans are not responding in anywhere near the fashion that the powers that be want, or is it time to backtrack and admit fault?
The former is most likely what WWE will do, based on the track record of ignoring what fans are chanting and trying to tell them what to like.
If that does indeed happen, Batista being the star of the event by winning the Royal Rumble is certain to be repeated for a long time.
Look out for future articles on pay-per-view stars, including Batista for at least Elimination Chamber, WrestleMania and Extreme Rules—whether you're happy about that or not.
Are you happy with the people WWE chose to put the spotlight on Sunday night, or would you rather have seen CM Punk, Bryan and maybe some others on this list?
Who do you think ended up on the opposite end of the spectrum as the biggest fools of the night?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
Anthony Mango is the owner-operator of the wrestling website Smark Out Moment as well as the host of its podcast show Smack Talk on YouTube, iTunes and Stitcher. You can follow him on Facebook and elsewhere for more.