Yeah I didn't like how Throh and Sawk were rivals for only 3 episodes with no proper explanation. Hell, Stephan winning itself felt pointless too.Kinda hoping the Sawk/Throh rivalry in this arc was going to be explained in the end, but, it doesn't really matter now. I'm just going to chalk it up to being just a temporary rivalry to make that last battle more exciting and intense.
I didn't think Ash would win since he was using Scraggy in each battle and Scraggy's just not that strong. I didn't think Stephan had a big chance until we saw him battling Throh in this episode. I was rooting for Bianca despite the odds hee hee. ^^;When the Donamite fist began, I was expecting Satoshi to win because he seemed like the underdog.