First thing first, love the game and secondly I know people say the grabbing is cheap but I would love for you to keep it in the game maybe you could make an option in an options for people to chose if they want to use it. I personally find it fun to pick up my foes and beat them sometimes not all the time but sometime
I've changed it so you can only grab then when they're stunned. Seems to be fine - no more easy outs just grabbing the nearest dude!
At least make it so you can grapple them somehow because if I only have a mace and they have multiple weapons I want to be able to grab their arm or something to be able to kill them easier.