I totally didn't see that one coming.
Neither did I. I expected Iris to win because of Dragonite and her Mary Sue status to reach her position from her BW2 role, but with Trip winning, it still feels like a lose-lose situation because he too suffers from poor writting.
@Ghetsis-Dennis; Iris isn't a Mary-Sue, don't believe everything people say. Almost 90% percent of the time someone uses that term, they don't even know what it means. These days Mary-Sue/Marty-Stu means "character who I don't like".
I'm actually quite glad Trip won. He's has the backstory and interactions with Alder and it could lead to some interesting developments for his character. I honestly don't see why Trip gets called Paul 2.0 all the times. Trip isn't a jerk who releases his Pokemon and borderline abuses them, Paul was more of an asshole...."just because" Trip's quest for power and growing-up seemed to turn his bitter over the years. Like I said before, I prefer Paul but, I just think Trip's a diamond in the rough and as always I'm optimistic.
Also, I think we can all agree Trip has a much better haircut than Paul :P