It could be that they're so desperate that it's their way of avoiding disappointment. But I think there's more to it than that. WrestlingInc did a podcast on this, I didn't listen to it myself for the following reason: Apparently the owner of the site and an 'industry' insider were taking the biggest shit imaginable on TNA and practically begging for it to fail. Apparently one of the quotes was: 'TNA's PPV buyrates have been awful, whatever they are'. Even so-called journalists are grinding the axe. I don't understand that mentality, competition is good. Especially when the only show in town is fucking atrocious.
Maybe so @ the first thing you said, and it's a shame about the rest. I guess it's irritated me because I can't identify with it. When you desperately want something, you're afraid to hope, but at the same time, it's like, "I don't know if it's going to work, but..." instead of "That definitely won't work." But, admittedly, not everyone is the same.
You know, over time I've taken the philosophy that if you have haters that means you're doing something right, because the nature of a hater (a real hater) comes from jealousy and fear. They don't want themselves or something they like to be "jeopardized" in any way because they somehow feel that it will somehow reflect badly on them. The industry "insider" you quoted epitomizes a hater, because they don't need facts to back up their hate, and they cannot acknowledge the positive things that the company does. I don't like Lady Gaga, but I can recognize her talents and I actually love her insane fashion. But if I was a Gaga hater, I would not be able to acknowledge any positive thing about her and would have nothing truly solid to base my dislike of her on, or I would focus on idiotic things that have no true bearing on who she is. So when people are altogether negative all the time about TNA, I think about that.
If TNA shut down tomorrow I'm not going to be embarrassed for having liked them and wishing them the best, but the way some people act, it's like they're so afraid of being embarrassed of liking WWE/TNA only to have it fail. There has to be a word in psychology for this.