Plus,if you look at the scene, he looks like he knows something was going to happen. He looks at Reed and then his shoulders are lowered down, like he has a weight on his shoulders. It's magic, a very ancient kind. I don't see him being able to do that. Why?
He's not perfect, or beyond losing or being wrong. And he didn't get "pawned" ...he wasn't touched.
He did get knocked out in defenders, but that's ok. He just got knocked out. Like any other character could get knocked out.