Originally Posted by Combat Analyst
It was actually, Shawn with DX & Playgirl, that helped WWE adopted a more gritty form of TV.
I know he wasn't the only one playing an edgy character on TV. There were a number of edgy characters in the WWF back then. Whether it be Austin, Golddust (who debuted in late '95), Rock in late '97, Bret (even though he didn't agree with the direction they were going). But he was the one behind the scenes who was suggesting to Vince to go in that direction. And before they left, Nash and Hall were, too.