Seth's slow-burn face turn, his actual face turn, is really messing me up and the last two promos he did (aka "Maybe I deserve this" and "I liked myself before I met you") have been some of the best fucking things in my life. I want him to get beaten up so badly by Triple H (and maybe Joe) but continue to try to stand -- before Dean and Roman come running out to help him. Like, I don't even care if he technically loses by interference; Seth gets his soul and his brothers back.
Right?? I think that the first few months of Seth curving towards a face turn (starting to fight the bad guys, but not truly understanding or not truly confronting what he had done. Not feeling any remorse yet) I think those months of dissatisfying Trying To Be A Good Guy But Not Knowing What That Really Means, have made this True Face Turn so much more impactful. What a powerful story, Seth comes back from injury with the goal of Reclaiming his title, and instead he loses and loses and gets injured again and realizes that it’s not the title that he needs to reclaim, it’s his soul and his friendships and his honor, his sense of self, and self-worth. And he’s going to come out the other side of this thing whole again finally someone worthy and able to win that title.
I think the thing that kills me the most (and this is also something that owes a lot to those unsatisfying faux-face months) is that Seth doesn’t NEED to do all this in order to regain his friendship with Roman (Dean is maybe a different matter). We’ve already seen that sad, lonely, pathetically and wonderfully heart-sick Roman doesn’t need an apology to care about Seth (he never stopped). Seth wants to be WORTHY of Roman and Dean’s forgiveness. He’s not trying to get them back, he’s doing it for himself, and through that he’s doing it for them. If that makes any sense. I think he needs to get himself right before he can accept anything from them. He loves them enough to not be satisfied with the weird friendship-esq thing they created before he felt sorry. He’s not interested in taking advantage of Roman’s soft heart and Dean’s distraction.
He’s going into this match with triple h KNOWING that he’ll lose. Knowing that triple h will hurt him, perhaps very badly. And he’s going to have the match anyway. Because he thinks he deserves it and because he believes he needs this. And I think he needs to prove to himself (first and foremost) and triple h (secondly) and everyone else that he really has changed and that he intends to stays this way. And, you know, because he understands that sometimes Redemption comes through blood and sacrifice and like cleansing fire and stuff.
He’s going to get knocked down over and over. And he’s going to keep getting up. He’s going to get hit with the pedigree and kick out. He’s going to refuse to be beaten even when he can no longer stand.
And maybe Dean and Roman will save him. And it will be incredible. And maybe Finn will save him (which will almost make sense, as Finn was where this arc started). Or maybe no one will.
Whatever happens, I’m sure it’s going to be one of those matches where the face loses the match, but still wins something.