When I heard about the Masters 8 in the Pokémon anime, I was expecting all the champions from the known regions to go to Galar and have a battle with each other, with Alain/Alan being the only one to not be a champion and instead a Kalos league winner.
However, I was quite surprised at how the champion of Hoenn is Steven and not Wallace. As much as I am a big fan of Steven, and I know that he appeared as Champion in the XYZ and Mega Evolution specials, I thought Wallace was the champion of Hoenn. But in the games, the title of champion (for Hoenn specifically) has been tossed around between Steven and Wallace, in the games and some other media of Pokémon.
Did Steven take the title of champion from Wallace? Can former champions still retain their champion titles? Or are they doing this because they have to continue with the X and Y timeline events and make him Champion?