Wesley So didn't get full championship privilege in the 2022 WFRCC unlike Magnus and Vishy did from 2008 to 2021. They got only 1 opponent to defend against, namely the unique winner of a candidates tournament. Had this been the case for the 2022 WFRCC, Wesley So's I guess guaranteed at least the 2nd place prize of US$85,000. Instead, Wesley So had to defend against 7 other players. It's partial privilege at least. Better than no privilege at all like in blitz & rapid WCC's where the champion really starts from scratch. But still...
Question: Why didn't Wesley So get full championship privilege? In the absence of official explanation from FIDE, is there historical precedent for something like this?
FIDE was afraid of another complete obliteration like in the 2019 WFRCC where Wesley So beat Magnus 13.5-2.5.
Vishy and Magnus were so dominant (in chess) in their respective times (except when Magnus was starting to catch up to Vishy) and that FIDE was convinced they could be seeded into the finals. Meanwhile Wesley So didn't do so well (palindrome acronym WSDDSW) in fast rapid (20min games) in St Louis Chess 9LX 2020 and 2021. (And well yeah this was repeated in the 2022 Chess 9LX and 2022 WFRCC, both fast rapid.) --> If this is your answer, then I'd like to please see some historical precedence like: Did FIDE change championship privilege depending how convinced they were by the champion's ability to defend the title?
Maybe for some reason the low time controls implies less reason for championship privilege like with the rapid & blitz WCCs. Maybe rapid & blitz WCC have the same fear from FIDE regardless of your rating simply because of the time control: We're not convinced you can defend even if you're Magnus, so we won't give you full / any privilege.