Isn't this pokemon suppose to offer a Reward along with amsuch a high risk? So far I see plenty of risk yet little reward. I believe the ability is the place for our pokemon to shine.
I propose we go with an ability that will allow it to threaten the opponent immediately.
Tinted Lens is one of my nominations. It allows our pokemon to hit through opponents that would otherwise counter it.
Moxie is in a similar boat, making our pokemon much harder to counter directly but not impossible to check.