Hear me out for a moment. The last few years have not been good for gods. As a whole they have been portrayed as arrogant idiots hopelessly stuck in the mindset of when they ran the world. Nearly all of Thor's appearances for the past few months if not years are him getting beat up to show how tough Character X is supposed to be. Ares was a victim of this as well.
With Hercules depowered, that cannot happen as much. If Hercules loses then it is due to being mortal. Yeah, he may still be embarrassed at times like in a recent incident against Shaw, but as a whole writers are less likely to use him as a major player in guest appearances and crossovers. Is Hercules being depowered therefore a good thing since his spares him such embarrassment?