Ok think about it. Paul went the places as Ash (minus the oragne islands.) Heres the deal though What if Ash and Paul were in the same league (maybe kanto or Johto. What if Ash got higher status then Paul. Then Paul kept learning of Ash's success as a trainer and grew too dislike him more and more. When they meet in Sinnoh Paul feels just hate towards Ash due too him being scared of Ash's skills. Now I know Paul has beat Ash but Ash is useing a team he just got in that region while Paul is useing a mixed region team. Could he be scared for the final battle at the league? Or scared Ash could call over his "Oaked" pokemon too school him in the league?