I wish people wouldn't keep rehashing the 'But Sasuke's getting beaten! That's not badass! That's negative development!' argument First of all he's not always getting beaten. He gets beat down by an extremely strong opponent, following which he pulls out a new uber-technique and triumphs(or at least overpowers the opponent). He gets injured/exhausted in the end, but that's a formula used in many of Naruto's fights as well. And whether or not it's a 'clean' victory doesn't count as much as how good the fight was to watch; you could likewise argue that Naruto was only getting beat down by Pain and only won because Nagato never intended to kill him and conceded defeat in the end.