To be fair...we found out later why Ichigo's arrancar arc performance was so inconsistent. So Grimmjow was not as strong as it initiately appeared. In fact the Espada were failures and weaker than the Gotei 13, considerably with Barragon and Stark being a only really decent ones (imo).
Yeah, that was my initial point. Espadas weren't much. But the guy had problems with me saying Barragan lost to a VC.