But this wasnt the first time the Royal Rumble had been poorly receivedin fact as recently as one year prior the winner of the Rumble was on the receiving end of rather similar treatment. Having returned to WWE programming the previous week, Batista was set for a huge babyface push. And truth be told, when he returned to Raw, the reception was generally positive. However, fast forward six days, and when he entered at number 28 in the Royal Rumble match, the crowd was rather more mixed. Three quick-fire eliminations later, and the fans began to turn furtherthey could see that the writing was on the wall. Batista was the offices pick to win the bout, and as we saw earlier this year, todays crowds dont like being told who to cheer. The nearer Batista got to winning, the fiercer the jeers became. When he finally eliminated Roman Reigns, there was scarcely a cheer in sight. It may have been more of a pro-Bryan response than an anti-Batista one, but nevertheless it marked one of the quickest, fan-imposed heel turns in recent memory. Watching this one back, its interesting to think how the roles were somewhat reversed the following year.