At last, Ash finally beats Paul in one heck of an epic battle. I enjoyed it. It's just short of being as epic as Ash's defeat of Gary in Johto (the fact that they knew each other longer puts Gary one up on Paul), but especially considering Paul's massacre of Ash's team the previous season it was satisfying.
Too bad Trip is falling so short of expectations that I don't see his inevitable matchup with Ash measuring up. Heck, Ash vs. BIANCA would interest me more. LOL