Quote Originally Posted by TicoPokemonMaster View Post
Remember that at the beginning of DP alot of people thought that Paul was a beginner trainer as well, because of elekid, chimchar, and starly. Then when he caught the big bear I will bet that people thought he was going over his head. It wasn't until we saw Weavile and Torterra that we didn't think Paul was at Ash's level. The problem here is that we explicitly see that Shooti was a beginner. Had we met him with Tstuarja already we might have thought he was alittle experienced.
But the difference is, when we discovered that Paul was an experienced trainer, all the speculation of him being a rookie became null and void, that isn't going to happen with Shooti because we witnessed him receiving his first starter and know for a fact that he's a beginner. Which is what makes this rivalry completely unbelievable to me.