It's more of how it went down which is why I found it a little unreasonable. Okay, they want to make them equal in power. That's reasonable. But Paul's Pokemon weren't shown blowing through a Pokemon competition in the prior three episodes with relative ease like Serperior did. In fact, all of the battles he had prior to Cynthia didn't go as smoothly as Trip and Serperior in the Junior Cup. And aside from Torterra
, most of the ones he used were relatively weak and Garchomp
is a pseudo-legendary and all. It was also Torterra's debut so we didn't get to see its strength before hand.