- Maybe you should look at exactly who is said to be from Veilstone City. Paul stated in DP040 that he'd competed in the league tournaments from Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn, hence why he's listed as a former participant. For all we know, he could have taken Jimmy or Marina out in preliminaries (of course, we know he didn't face Jackson since that guy was in Ash's preliminary pool).
It was also in DP040 where he revealed his starter to be a Turtwig. Prior to that episode, everyone assumed that Paul was a rookie and that his starter was Chimchar, and it was also assumed that Brock would be the one in the main group to get a Chimchar, be it Paul's or a wild one. Trust me, DP040 is where the anime began to get unpredictable...--Shiningpikablu252 02:56, 27 April 2008 (UTC)