Except that he didn't. I have explained how not fighting Aokiji is not a sign of being weaker. It's just knowing what better to do.
Allowing the marines to know what he was up to is not the best way. What do you think was going to happen if Luffy hadn't interfered in DR? Fuji was there for a reason, and it wasn't just Luffy/Law. He was to investigate DD, that's why an admiral was sent linke Aokiji asked. Had Luffy not gone there, and Fuji would've taken DD's Shichi title away and arrested him. DD clearly wanted to kill smoker. He failed, because Aokiji didn't let him. He had two choices: Risk everything and leave right there without trying to kill smoker, or try to beat aokiji and kill smoker and remain with the exact same status as before PH. He chose to risk everything he had worked for in the last 10 years.
Less than an hour? Inflating, aren't you? An hour is the time BC takes to close off and don't forget near then end DD even sped it up and yet when DD lost to Luffy, the BC still hasn't even closed up to anywhere near what we could call a point. Ergo the whole ordeal is already not even an hour and Sabo vs Fuji is like a small period during the whole of that. I could settle for 10 minutes.
And during that time Sabo is just like Marco and Jozu: hold their own but clearly inferior (Fuji is like perfectly well whereas Sabo was breathing heavily and had many scratches). DD never got that treatment and his feats alone put him above Marco and Jozu.
Mera is portrayed as weaker when? You mean Sabo is weaker than Fuji?
Since when is that his signature move? More like his only named technique so far. And even if it is, signature move =/= strong move. Ace's epithet is Fire Fist and we can see that he has other strong techniques like Hibashira or Entei or the one vs Aokiji. I'm not sure why Fuji's using that is > his meteors rain which does much more damage and DD sliced them like tofu
Ahah you got this entire part wrong
Less than an hour as in Sabo had the fruit for less than an hour, and looked weaker but not much weaker was me comparing Sabo and Fuji.
Let's face it... A yonkou says DD is "too damn weak". Marco is the final step for BB to become a yonkou. See the difference? DD is not »»» Sabo or Jozu.
And if we're talking about the fight... DD was panting after 1 second with Aokiji. Sabo had a few minor bruises and was breathing heavily after about 10 minutes with Fuji.
It's his signature move because it's his marine nickname. Just like Akainu's red dog, and Aokiji's Blue pheasant. Not their strongest moves, but also not a basic unnamed attack, like the one Aokiji used on DD.
The meteor shower would destroy DressRosa, and was completely useless against a logia.
First antagonist is Caesar. But that aside, I don't see how these things matter. Shichibukai and Revo aren't in the same system so there's no order for that. Brother of the main character? Heir of Ace's will? So? What does that have to do with power level? At least ''second strongest of Revo'' is a power level-related hype.
MC brother and heir of Ace's will has nothing to do with power level. It has to do with his importance to the story and with the hype he's constantly getting. Being of the same family as Luffy is the single biggest hype we have in OP except maybe Yonkous and Admirals. I mean, Garp, Dragon, Luffy, Ace...
Huge role in the war to come? Evidence? What if he died before that? What if his role is Ace no.2 aka prisoner? In Paradise at least Crocodile came back and fought in MF.
And crocodile was like an ant in the war. an ant who happens to have a very good timing in slowing down people for half a second.
He's the RA's second in command, he will have an important role. I don't need evidence to say Akainu will have an important role too, do I?
And way to ignore DD's role. The guy is the biggest underworld broker, holding rein to a bunch of monsters, former Tenryuubito, knowing the National Treasure of Mariejoa. See, I can also list non-related stuffs
None of that hypes him at all. Having knowledge because he was a CD is not hype. Being a member of the strongest family in the world is. Being the older brother (AKA protector) of the main character is hype.
DD let Aokiji hit him. The one and only guy in the whole manga until now who knows perfectly what level an Admiral is in and yet actively leave his back wide open to get a hit and then escaped (easily?), besides Marco, that is, but we all know why Marco can afford that (his fruit!). He also kicked Fuji in the face LOL If you wanna talk portrayal, DD is wayyyy better and cheekier than Sabo.
He knew the admirals personally. I guarantee if that was Akainu DD would not turn his back. He knew Aokiji wouldn't hurt him. He's the lazy guy, he doesn't give a fuck as long as his friend is safe.
I think the main point of this part of your post is "leave his back open to get a hit", but you forgot the part where he failed miserably and had to come up with a back up plan that would never actually work if Luffy and Law hadn't gone to DR.
Also, he didn't kick Fuji in the face, he tried to, and failed miserably. Hell I think Fuji put more effort on blocking Zoro's air slash than DD's kick. And was then completely ignored (again) and told to keep calm.
By that line of thought, Sabo kicked and punched Fuji several times, is he waaaayyyy better and cheekier than DD? Oh, so did Luffy, is he too?
DD also shit on Buffalo and Jozu, WB Commanders, also Oars. And Jozu is at least confirmed one of the strongest Commanders. Burgess? Nope! Inb4 ''First Fleet captain''. Sorry, that doesn't tell power level at all.
There is no evidence of Jozu trying to break free. There is only DD attacking him from behind and Jozu stopping. Nothing else. Oars got beaten by Moria too lol.