You can make those statements but I could use the same logic against you for other ahadith where - Why would the Prophet (SAW) say "Allah smiles" or Allah is angered" or "Allah is above" if he didnt mean it. So your argument is futile. But the examples given by me are not the issue here.
A few questions need to be addressed before we continue on the issue of majority. Please only engage if you know or else you can say i dont and end the discussion.
First of all one has to show that the majority of the scholars of fiqh and hadith were Ashari in the true sense. Meaning that they had to hold opinions completely in agreement with 1. the Methodology of approaching aqeedah according to the Asharees 2. Also agree with the opinions in aqeedah of the Asharees. From Methodology i mean the way of the Aristotelian-Neoplatonic philosophy. So before we even proceed further you have to define what you mean by Ashari Aqeedah as well. Also to note that the majority of the schoalrs belonging to each or the other group didnt find each other to be the saved sect, so there is a fallacy in your statement when you state - "that majority of the schoalrs were ashari and maturidi" and they both are the saved sect.
Secondly the 4 Imams of Fiqh - the major schoalrs of hadith were not ashari even a little bit nor even maturidee as these people lived after them. Imam Ashari and MAturidee had a predecessor that used the same methods as them to deal with aqeedah during their time who was Ibn Kullab. You can go look up what the salaf said regarding Ibn Kullab yourself or shoudl I inform you about him as well??
The majortiy of the salaf and schoalr all the way up to the 5th and 6th century were definitely traditionlists or atharee and no where close to being ashari or maturidee. and the schoalrs past that might and actually i can say were ashari or maturidee int he majority even then the atharee scholars after them were many and well known lke Abdul Ghani Al Maqdise, Ibn Qudama, Ibn Taymiyya, Ibn Al Qayyim, Ibn Katheer, Al Bazzar, Al Mizzee, Ad Dhahabee, basically the Hanbali school was exclusively atharee therefore the last bastion up until today and there were Traditionalists spread out over the other schools.
We can say or claim that post 5th/6rh century the schoalrs of ashaa'ira and amturidiyyah were the majority even then, amongst them there were many that didnt hold fast tot the methodology of the ahl ul kalaam, specially the schoalrs of hadith. Allahu ALim
As you see the issue of majority can easily be dealt with. But you have provide me with a definition of the ashari school.
Not to forget that Taj As Subki even said that the Ashari way shoudlnt be used to define an aqeedah rather it is a methodology and not a set code of creed.
Because for an ashari to make taqleed of aqeedah it is equivalent to fisq and according to some kufr.
So in the word sof Imam Ghazzali from Faysal- "So if one is flustered by questions and scrambles for answer then he is not a thinker, rather one making taqleed. And it is not permissible for him to engage in intellectual discussions."