>>33873528>i think him losing to Ritchie is more BS
The Electric Tales manga handled this much better, Ash used his Charizard against Ritchie's, but it was being too violent so Ash called it back as to not hurt Ritchie's, costing the match.
Charizard "sleeping" is dumb when Ritchie never even made an attempt to battle at all and just stood there watching, as if status infliction (sleep power etc.) is grounds for a disqualification inherently. You would have an argument if Charizard flew away ala Blaine, but it never "refused" to battle in the first place, it was Ritchie's Pikachu that stopped.