Damn, lost my post in editing. Damn it. Suffice to say, I think this is spot on:
Originally Posted by The Guard
I dunno, I kind of got the feeling that the main reason Ra's picked Bruce was his determination to fight criminals...and his resources (Wayne Enterprises).
I didn't really think Ra's was talking about Bruce's fighting prowess. And if Bane was too brutal for Ra's, who is to say that he might not be a better fighter overall, but not considered a good student of Ra's Al Ghul's disciplines?