Last edited by Karamazov; 25th March 2013 at 11:44 PM. Reason: Changing prefix
This is honestly hard to figure out. Bulbasaur isn't a slouch, he took down a Meganium, Dusclops(Weakened, though this Dusclop did use the Mean Look + Confuse Ray tactic and have Will-O-Wisp in its arsenal.), a Magneton(Pikachu couldn't beat it), a Hitmontop in Johto, and, iirc, he can use Dig. Though Pokemon moves tend to fluctuate wildly, last time he was shown with Razor Leaf, Vine Whip, Leech Seed, and Solar Beam. I'm just going to assume Razor Leaf, Vine Whip, and Solar Beam have too much "Signature Old Move" factor to be ditched, the former two moves especially. Then again Charizard seemingly has ditched Seismic Toss so it's not too far'fetch'd to see Solar Beam go at least. Assuming Electivire has Thunder, Protect, Brick Break, and Thunder Punch. Bulbasaur resist every offensive move and is probably faster and I could see Leech Seed being a factor in things as well, the constant energy siphoning and healing might be too taxing for Electivire. Bulbasaur's vines are also useful for dodging and tossing much larger foes. Plus Bulbasaur has more experience than Electivire, by an insanely small margin I think Bulbasaur would win. Plus something to consider about Ash and Pikachu's battle with Electivire is Ash miscalculated and attempted to goad the more brute strength-having Electivire into a close combat match by speeding it up. Which made zero sense considering in Pikachu's last close quarters battle with Elekid he only managed to overpower it just barely. Bulbasaur has proven his strength, plus evolution isn't everything.
I think it would depend on how Ash utilizes Bulbasaur in battle against Electivire. Against Drake's Electabuzz he went too much head on and it cost him the head-to-head battle between the two Pokemon. A good mix of head on, using the battlefield, and non-head on attacks I think Bulbasaur would be able to win against Paul's Electivire.