I am not an expert, however I have been playing for many years.
I was telling him the real odds of his hand.
YOU MISREAD MY POST. I SAID ACE-RAG WAS BETTER THAN KQ. I WOULD NEVER SAY IT BEAT A PAIR OF 10's as you say I did..
I hate Ace-Rag people who shove every ace they land, but the fact is an ACE-TWO (ace-rag) has a 55% chance of winning over a suited KQ, and even more so against non suited.
I am not making that statistic up?
Also 2-2 is a better hand than KQ with a 53% chance of winning. I did not make that up either.
The OP was wondering what hands was more deserving.
It is obvious that any wrong call is the wrong call if it gets you kicked out of the game, that is just stating the obvious.
a few places before ITM people start playing tighter and smaller pots try to avoid playing. I think pushing all-in with 10-10 is a good move, but calling with a 10-10 would be (WAS) a bad move. This innate tightness about the bubble is another good reason to avoid calling all-ins from deep stacks, although I myself have been chip leader and added a few thousand by taking advantage of scared players at this point. I push with KQ from a deep stacks is loose, but can get scared money.
You said something I agree with but it does not make sense.
He made the wrong call because he lost: The actual outcome is irrelevant as long as you make the right decision.
I often tell my wife the quote you made "The outcome is irrelevant as long as you make the right decision". I am teaching her to play. I mean if she folds a 7h 2d preflop she made the right decision despite the fact the flop came up 772. She pre-folded a boat, but it was better form to fold a bad hand and so she did the right thing. I suppose you can argue that, but my point is made.
I agree that I was likely wrong about wanting to hold off until ITM, but I have lost some large buy ins on my transition to higher stakes poker and has made me play more scared, but we are talking a few positions before pay dirt and not the entire tourney. Often ITM means 1.5 to 2+ times the buy in so you can play the tournament a few more times if you lose. I still think if I was a few positions off the bubble I'd have folded an all-in call with 10-10, but like I also said it depends on his bankroll and what is at stake. There are always other factors like opponents style and aggressiveness.
Statistically though I'd play Ace-rag or a pair of 2's over suited KQ anytime. The math will always work out the same.