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It smells trolling
Crocodile was really weak in comparison to other warlords at that time. Put alabasta luffy with the same amount of tricks and ass pulls against any other warlord and he would've gotten low diffed at best
I guess Kid and Law aren't considered emperors due to their weak crews. Compared to Luffy's crew, outside of Killer in Kid's crew, the rest are fodder, to the point Oda didn't even bother make them relevant in the Wano war
And it's most likely the major reason why Buggy ended up being one. His followers were hyped by Whitebeard preskip
So it was a logical perspective from Oda's part that he'd develop it further to maintain the running gag of Buggy finding an alternate way than individual power to become a top dog
You're not alone friend. I had that same feeling too. And besides, Momonusuke sure could use new retainers to honor the positions previously held by Ashura Doji and Izou (RIP to both) or better yet, be his bride to become the most powerful couple in OP.