First off, can someone PM me a link to see this episode? The places I normally go don't have it for some reason. :/
As for what I have seen it amuses me that people are in an outrage over this. Calling Iris's wins and development "cheap/ lucky" just because she used her brain instead of falling ass backwards into a win by just ignoring types and such. Axew seems like it was luck ... but that kind of luck is a common place staple in the series and has been used by Ash many times.
Very happy with Iris getting the win! Its funny ... I remember people thinking that she would be out by the 2nd or 1st round when this started and now she stands there like a boss.