"Ash is still 10" and you expect every 10 year kid to take down a massive criminal organisation? It's like judging kids to ones in the Olympics. It was best for Charizard to stay at the sanctuary, to grow stronger and to stay with his mate. All Ash did was because he did what he thought was best for his Pokemon instead of putting his interests before them. If it was put to the test, Ash could beat Red in a proper 6 pokemon battle. Just sayin' jeez pokemon is such a serious issue ;
If you actually count up how many days he’s shown traveling, he’s gone WAAAAY beyond a year. Hell some episodes skip days at a time for crying out loud
Ash has never been able to beat any champions
Red is the Champion and more, he caught MEW TWO and the LEGENDARIES, you HONESTLY think Ash could even DREAM of beating someone like that?
Ash doesn’t even evolve his damn pokemon half the time. If he can’t beat a champion after 10 years, he wont be able to beat one now.
Also adding a bit of input in a proper 6v6 battle Red would win. Ash’s first pokemon in a battle is usally a bird type where as Red is Pikachu (Which usually kills if not maims in the first hit). Where as Ash’s Pikachu was beaten by a newly acquired Snivy. Sure it’s electric attacks were gone but if you think about it
Electric does minimum damage to grass types
Also by the time he’s in Unova his pikachu’s quick attack should be at least an insta-kill.
Then if we remember Ash was given his first two badges and the last one fell to him. Also if you remember his Charizard (his strongest pokemon) was beaten by a Blaziken. If I remember correctly FIGHTING DOES NOT BEAT FLYING.
Where as Red(manga or game) had beaten every gym leader on his first try. Also if you’ve gotten that far Red was also in the Unova region.