Looking back, one of my issues with Masamune other than his dramatic behavior was his choice of Pokemon here. We'd seen so many Haganeil already, not to mention several Guardie. His team just seemed like a random motley.
You know for being one of Ash's strongest Pokemon, Pikachu loses way too often and too easily in the big tournaments as seen in this episode. I thought Swellow vs Gligar was a cheap battle even though we finally saw Guillotine succeed in this episode thanks to Gligar. And Tyson's Meowth looked so out of place standing next to his Sceptile, Donphan, Metagross, Hariyama and Shiftry.