"I..I..Iron Tail, Pikachu."
Langley also said the same thing about Ash. They both did have their share of "luck" in this tournament. Call it being a sore loser, or w/e as they only made Top 8, and Top 16 respectively..while Iris won, and Ash got runner-up.
It's not terribly surprising considering apparently static activating has been considered "luck" in the past. When Ash was battling Volkner's Electivire, and static activated there. Flint said that luck was a part of battling too.
I am surprised that Static didn't get activated when Pikachu battled Excadrill, but I suppose it is only a 30% chance. The probably didn't want to be redundant either.
Yup, in my opinion Pikachu would have won if Static activated. He got hit with Drill Run, Metal Claw, and Dig and not one Static activation.