Turning Point (2007 wrestling)

Turning Point (2007)
A poster depicting three men wearing black wrestling gear; one wearing black and white face paint, another wears a red mask, and the final spews blood from his mouth.
Promotional poster featuring Judas Mesias, Abyss, and Black Reign
PromotionTotal Nonstop Action Wrestling
DateDecember 2, 2007
CityOrlando, Florida
VenueTNA Impact! Zone
Attendance900[1]
Tagline(s)Silent Night...Bloody Night
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Turning Point (2007) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced and by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion, which took place on December 2, 2007 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the fourth event under the Turning Point chronology, and the twelfth and last event on the 2007 TNA PPV schedule. Eight professional wrestling matches were featured on the event's card with only one featuring a championship.

The main event was a Six Man Tag Team match, in which the team of Samoa Joe, Kevin Nash, and Eric Young defeated The Angle Alliance (Kurt Angle, A.J. Styles, and Tomko). In another tag team match, Christian Cage and Robert Roode were defeated by Booker T and Kaz. In a high-profile match, Johnny Devine and Team 3D (Brother Devon and Brother Ray) wrestled Jay Lethal and The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) in a Six Man Tag Team Tables Match. Devine and Team 3D won the contest. The contest between Abyss and Raven versus Black Reign and Rellik in a Match of 10,000 Tacks was also featured on the card. Abyss and Raven won the encounter.

The event is remembered for Scott Hall's failure to show up for the event and for Samoa Joe's unscripted rant against the promotion. It also marks the first time the Feast or Fired match was held. The professional wrestling section of the Canadian Online Explorer website rated the entire event a six and a half out of ten, higher than the 2006 event's rating of six.

In October 2017, with the launch of the Global Wrestling Network, the event became available to stream on demand.[2]

Production

Background

TNA announced in mid-September 2007 that the fourth Turning Point event would take place on December 2, 2007.[3] The location was not announced, but various news sites speculated that it would be held outside the TNA Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida.[4] However, in mid-October, TNA announced the event would be held at the TNA Impact! Zone.[5] TNA created a section on their official website for the event.[6] The promotional poster was released through PPV providers featuring Abyss, Black Reign, and Judas Mesias and the tagline "Silent Night...Bloody Night". TNA held a thirty-minute Road to Turning Point special on Spike TV to promote the event.[7]

Storylines

Turning Point featured eight professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[8]

White male with gray hair and arm tattoos wearing a black shirt
Kevin Nash requested the Six Man Tag Team match at Turning Point.

The main event was a Six Man Tag Team match pitting The Angle Alliance (Kurt Angle, A.J. Styles, Tomko) against the team of Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Samoa Joe. Jim Cornette, Management Director, made the announcement on the November 15 episode of TNA's television program TNA Impact!. The match was at the request of Hall and Nash, with the stipulation that they would be able to choose a mystery partner. Their mystery partner was later revealed to be Joe during the same episode.[9] The buildup to this encounter began on the November 8 episode of Impact!, when Nash questioned if Hall was Sting's mystery partner in a tag team match against Nash and Angle at TNA's Genesis PPV event on November 11. Hall denied he was Sting's partner and at the sametime mended an alliance with Nash.[10] At Genesis, then-champion Angle and Nash faced Sting and the debuting Booker T in a tag team match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Nash almost won the encounter before being attacked by Angle, thus costing him the pinfall and the championship, and creating a rivalry between the two.[11]

The match Kaz and Booker T versus Christian Cage and Robert Roode was also scheduled. On the November 15 episode of Impact!, Booker T, along with his real-life wife Sharmell, made their Impact! debut signing talent contracts.[9] They were interrupted by Cage, sparking a rivalry between Booker T and Cage.[12] On the November 29 episode of Impact!, Cage manipulated Roode into thinking that Booker T was trying to steal his spot at becoming a main star in the promotion.[13] Roode went on to fight Booker T later in the episode in a losing effort. After the encounter, Cage and Roode attacked Booker T, which led Kaz to come to his aid in the situation.[14] A tag team match between the four was later promoted by TNA for Turning Point.

Another featured match on the card was a Six Man Tag Team Tables match pitting the teams of Johnny Devine and Team 3D (Brother Devon and Brother Ray) against Jay Lethal and The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) (MCMG). On the October 18 episode of Impact!, Team 3D attacked MCMG and declared they were going to destroy the X Division to which they belonged. This was due to MCMG helping The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott Steiner) defeat Team 3D at TNA's Bound for Glory PPV event on October 14.[15][16] The two teams then fought at Genesis with MCMG winning the contest. Later in the event, Team 3D attacked and stole the TNA X Division Championship from then-champion Lethal.[11] On the November 15 episode of Impact!, Devine, an X Division wrestler, turned on the division and joined Team 3D, helping to attack MCMG and Lethal.[9] A Six Man Tag Team Tables match was later added to the Turning Point card.

Several lower profile matches were featured at Turning Point. Two were Gail Kim defending the TNA Women's World Championship against Awesome Kong and the team of Abyss and Rhino versus the team of Black Reign and Rellik in a Match of 10,000 Tacks. Also scheduled was the first-ever Feast or Fired match. Kim's title defense was announced on the November 22 episode of Impact! and was the result of a brawl between the two on the November 15 episode of Impact!.[12][17] Four cases would be hung above four padded turnbuckles, with three holding a title shot while the last holding a pink slip.[17] The Match of 10,000 Tacks was the result of a Shop of Horrors match between Abyss and Reign at Genesis.[18] Abyss won the match, but after the encounter Rellik debuted, creating an alliance with Reign by attacking Abyss.[11] On the November 15 episode of Impact!, Abyss defeated Reign and Rellik in a 3-Way Dance.[12] Afterwards, Reign and Rellik attacked Abyss until Rhino came to Abyss' aid.[9] Impact! commentator Mike Tenay later announced on the November 22 episode of Impact!, that Rhino and Abyss were scheduled to face Reign and Rellik in a Match of 10,000 Tacks at Turning Point 2007.[17]

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