Y'all just have agendas and recency bias.
Think about it like this. When Shanks was 27, his bounty was little over 1 billion. Shanks only became a yonko 6 years ago.
Kid is currently 23. If we use Shanks as an example, characters in OP can grow in strength well into their middle age. Kid is already a 3 billion berry pirate.
Hence him surpassing Shanks is not a question of "if", its a question of "when".
Kid losing one fight doesn't undo the chapters upon chapters of build up that the worst gen have received. Specifically the captain trio.
Anyways, Oda can write deaths. Look at the oden flashback, or Ace and whitebeard. Kid's ship being destroyed isn't a death. His story isn't over. And I'm not just "coping". I dare any of you to make a cohesive argument why this chapter is the end of Kid's story.