I appreciate that you took the time to organise the data, you yourself mentioned the problem and failed to address it.
That is exactly my problem. I can't see a logical reason as to how the problem of having to use more beauty products is more intriguing and compelling than trying to live up to the legacy of your dead father figure who made you who you are. The decision of making Lycanroc the ace when you have an infinitely better alternative available is extremely confusing to me.
Writers never tried to do a proper ace, that is the reason why this is the only series when individual Pokémon have individual rivals (Rowlet vs Decidueye, Lycanroc vs Lycanroc, Torracat vs Incineroar and Pikachu vs Tapu Koko). So much so that SM doesn't have an ace, that if we exclude Pikachu, Rowlet was the Pokémon with the highest number of battles as well as the best win rate (which is usually the spot of the ace like Infernape in DP and Greninja in XY)