dman, grow some balls and get over it (re: your 'analysis'). I don't really wanna call it an analysis because all you seemed to do it in was bitch over how Ash supposedly got screwed.
I think the writers did a good thing in letting Ash get the siht beaten out of him, as it will allow for more *gasp* development. (am I allowed to say that word or is it banned?).
Finally, Ash getting beaten soundly makes up for years of Ash's cheap wins (need I remind you all of 'Thunder Armour'?)