Re: Make your mind up Vince!
Here's my 2 cents:
Team Foley vs. Team Punk lacked the star power to be the main event of one of the big 4 PPV's of the year. Outside of Ryback, Punk, and maybe Randy Orton, everyone else in the match are midcard wrestlers. You don't put a bunch of midcarders in the main event of your PPV unless of course it's the Royal Rumble which is also loaded with all of your main eventers.
Would it have been nice to have a traditional Survivor Series match main event the PPV? Sure, but the teams were poorly constructed. Ziggler and Cena should have been in the match, IMO. Maybe then and only then, you'd have a match worthy of main eventing what is one of the 4 biggest PPV's of the year.
I actually like the change. Cena was due a title shot from the draw at Night of Champions (how quickly some people forget that) and Ryback was due a title shot from the screw job at Hell In A Cell. With only one other PPV before the Royal Rumble personally if they were going to go the Triple Threat route, Survivor Series would make the most sense. They could still potentially do a Foley/Punk match at the TLC PPV as it appears that's the way the WWE could have been going. You have Punk retain in a questionable manner at SS (like the idea of Punk and Cena beating the hell out of each other and Punk picking up the scraps to get the win), have Foley come out the next night for a promo with Punk in which Punk finally is able to talk Foley into a match which of course Punk will win. IMO the change in direction for Survivor Series was the right choice.