I never said they compete against each other. What I'm saying is that I respect the raw lifter more because he is lifting honest weight. The assisted lifter is not. I don't see how this is even a debate. I'm sure Meeker can out bench anyone on this forum RAW so thats not in question but I'd respect his lift more if he didn't have all the gear on artificially inflating his true bench by probably 300 pounds or more.
I'm going to keep letting my shirt bench dishonest weight for me... .LOL
They're just different ways of competing at the same thing. The only issue that ever comes up is when guys who have never experienced both come out and talk trash like they know anything about it.