That was the plot trying to ensure Goh would win...and advancing a late-plot story too early weakening every major enemy for him and Ash to be on even ground. We all saw the Ember spam that took out Milotic, right.
Due to how this is targeted at younger children and how the show is allergic to showing consenting kisses, it's nearly impossible to do a crossover with another "anime," as the rest are targeted at older audiences.
Let's just say showing a single drop of blood in any other anime completely...
Except things are much worse because a majority of the episodes benefit battle-shy Goh and there is an alleged world championship going on that apparently has no more importance to show while also ensuring that Ash is only ever seen with Pikachu much more often. PWC is a hobby, not a priority.
Is it just me or have these time trials all been about using Steel-types. I'm starting to go insane listening to Steven going "That's why I like you so much" x2 every fight.
You know, I thought that the introduction of Master Sync Pairs allowed new Sync Pairs to reuse existing Pokemon...
Problem is Champions stand as the cream of the crop unless you're fighting the new deal to promote them as a new hurdle/are Alder and they remain unbeatable. Anyone else below them? They're easier to beat, and Ash is easy to beat because he stupidly resets himself.