Graeme Stevely (June 5, 1984) better known by the ring name Grado, is a Scottish professional wrestler. He is a contestant on TNA British Boot Camp Season 2, and is the current PWE World Heavyweight Champion. He has also appeared in the BBC mockumentary "Scot Squad" as traffic officer PC Hugh McKirdy.
Professional wrestling career
Grado first got into wrestling in 2002. He trained briefly with Red Lightning, Kid Fite and Drew Galloway at British Championship Wrestling. He was only 13 at the time and his parents didn't like him travelling alone each weekend so he stopped. He then went back to train a few years later with Scottish Wrestling Alliance as they were a lot closer to home, trained by Conscience and Adam Shame.
Grado made his debut in 2004 as part of The Lowlanders with Glen Dunbar under the name of Grant Dunbar. They achieved little success but did hold the SWA Tag Team Championships.
After years of wrestling sporadically, Grado made a Facebook video to sell tickets for a local SWA show, gaining him a spot on the show. His training videos and promos became popular and Mark Dallas from Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) hatched the "Get Grado Booked" campaign. During this time, Grado was the subject of a Vice documentary, The British Wrestler, which saw his popularity rise with American stars like Sonjay Dutt becoming a fan of his.
As part of the Vice Documentary, Grado appeared to defeat ICW Heavyweight Champion Red Lightning at Super Smokin' Thunderbowl to win the ICW Heavyweight Championship. The match was later restarted as Red Lightning had his leg under the bottom rope. Red Lightning would go on to retain the title.
In addition to working in ICW, Grado also appears for various companies around the UK. He has worked for SWA, SWE, and PBW among other companies. At WrestleZone's Aberdeen Anarchy event in the Beach Ballroom in front of a sold out 1300 crowd, Grado defeated childhood hero Scotty 2 Hotty. Later that year, Grado won the PWE Elite Rumble thus earning a title shot and the opportunity to name the next event. He won the Pro Wrestling Elite Heavyweight Championship from Dave Mastiff at GradoMania. During the ICW Fringe Tour in 2014, Grado teamed up with Colt Cabana to face the New Age Kliq (Chris Renfrew and BT Gunn) and won the ICW Tag Team Championships. The team was known as Irn Jew and would be Grado's first official championship in ICW. They lost the titles back to the New Age Kliq on the last night of the tour.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2014-2016)
In 2014, Grado appeared on the secoChampionson of TNA British Boot Camp in an ongoing feud with judge Al Snow. After missing the second round of the competition due to having lunch and losing track of time, Snow threw Grado out of the competition. Grado would then appear at the Manchester auditions and was once again thrown out. He reappeared in London and with some convincing from Gail Kim, Snow allowed him back into the competition. Snow would then send Sha Samuels to rough up Grado in the second round. He would make it through to the British finals and onto the U.S. finals before finally being eliminated at the Top 6. After Snow eliminated Grado from the competition, Grado challenged Snow to a match at the SSE Hydro as part of TNA's Maximum Impact Tour in January 2015. Snow accepted and Grado went on to win the match, followed by Snow shaking his hand.
Grado appeared at Destination X on June 10, having earned another chance in TNA following his victory over Snow. Grado later appeared in several backstage segments, attempting parkour and trying to lose weight to be able to compete in the X Division. Only at the weigh-in did Jeremy Borash inform Grado that "there are no limits in the X-Division". Grado would immediately compete against Kenny King and Cruz, getting the pinfall victory over the latter. Grado fought for the TNA X Division Championship in a losing effort against Low Ki and Tigre Uno. Uno won the match and the title. During October and November (taped in July), Grado went on to participate in the new TNA World Title Series tournament, where he was placed fourth of his block in Team UK. He failed to win all the matches against Drew Galloway, Rockstar Spud, and Bram, thus failing to advance to the round of 16 from his block. On the January 26, 2016 edition of Impact Wrestling. Grado competed in the feast or fired match and was the first man in the match to win the briefcase. Unfortunately, later in the feast or fired match briefcase reveal Grado revealed his briefcase and it contained a pink slip and as a result of that, he was immediately fired from TNA. On the next episode of Impact Wrestling it was revealed that Grado was not fired from TNA Wrestling.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- The Chubby Wee Chancer Fae the Tap End of Stevenson
- Entrance themes
- "Like A Prayer" By The Hit Nation
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Elite
- PWE World Heavyweight Champion (1 time, current)
- Insane Championship Wrestling
- ICW Tag Team Champion (1 time) with Colt Cabana
- Scottish Wrestling Alliance
- SWA Tag Team Champion (2 times) with Glen Dunbar
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #500 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2014
- Grado on Twitter
- Grado on Facebook