If you want to use tension" then I can say he was doing that with the Ulti thing so...
Luffy used gear second off rip to fight hody on land and still wasn't beating him and that was before hody took even more steroids... So again luffy didn't use gear second on Ulti so we have no idea how she would've managed
Well that segment with Gazelleman was already ridiculous in itself given how Luffy and Zoro didn't even notice him in time and that Luffy didn't use G2 to easely catch up with him, beat him and save Tama.
Oda is trying to say that these aren't nameless marine type fodder. They are fodder but not like that
These guys are like low tier vice admiral level. By this I mean they are on the level of those nameless vice admirals who were following Fujitora around in dressrosa and had armament haki to stop the bird cage