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Twitter Loves This Wrestler's Campaign Begging Madonna To Let Him Use "Like A Prayer"

"There's nought better than a fat guy in a bumbag and a leotard dancing to Madonna," Grado told BuzzFeed News.

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Meet Scottish wrestler Grado, real name Graeme Stevely.

The wrestler, from Stevenson, North Ayrshire, has starred in BBC and Vice documentaries about British wrestling and is one of the most popular personalities on the wrestling scene.Grado is well known for his entrance music, Madonna's "Like a Prayer". This week, though, he was informed that he had been denied permission to use the track for a wrestling bout that took place two weeks ago and is due to be broadcast on American TV.
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The wrestler, from Stevenson, North Ayrshire, has starred in BBC and Vice documentaries about British wrestling and is one of the most popular personalities on the wrestling scene.

Grado is well known for his entrance music, Madonna's "Like a Prayer".

This week, though, he was informed that he had been denied permission to use the track for a wrestling bout that took place two weeks ago and is due to be broadcast on American TV.

On Wednesday Grado released this video, showcasing his enthusiastic entrance and begging Madonna to reconsider and allow him to use the song.

View this video on YouTube

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Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Grado said he didn't think the singer had personally denied him permission, but rather that it was one of her representatives.

"Obviously I don't imagine it's Madonna herself,," he said. "I can't imagine she's sat on her iPad scrolling through her emails and she sees one that says 'Grado's entrance music' and she says no.

"I've got a feeling that someone is obviously speaking on her behalf, so that's why I wanted to try and get her attention on Twitter, try and get her notifications up, you know, try and get a wee buzz going on [her] timeline."

I'm bushed, cheers for the trends, hopefully I wake up to a DM fae Madge in the morning "leave it with me big manπŸ‘πŸ˜Ž".... #SayYesMadonna

GRADO@gradowrestlingFollow

I'm bushed, cheers for the trends, hopefully I wake up to a DM fae Madge in the morning "leave it with me big man".... #SayYesMadonna

12:48 AM - 19 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nah, because I mean it's the middle of the night over there, so she's probably in her bed sleeping, or, you don't know, she could be having an all-nighter – she could be up on the booze and then she maybe gets to that stage where she wants to look at YouTube videos for a laugh and she sees that my video is trending and then that may catch her eye, so you don't know, man.

Grado said that if he didn't end up getting permission his entrance would have to be dubbed over, which would be a "pain in the arse – it's going to look shit".

"It's such a good entrance music," he said. "Wrestling entrance music is normally rock music and it can be a wee bit boring, and it's a bit of a pain in the arse listening to the same old shite over and over. "To get three or four thousand wrestling fans jumping about, going bush, buzzing to Madonna, is something quite spectacular."
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"It's such a good entrance music," he said. "Wrestling entrance music is normally rock music and it can be a wee bit boring, and it's a bit of a pain in the arse listening to the same old shite over and over.

"To get three or four thousand wrestling fans jumping about, going bush, buzzing to Madonna, is something quite spectacular."

He concluded: "There's nought better than a fat guy in a bumbag and a leotard dancing to Madonna."

The campaign picked up steam on Wednesday night, as #SayYesMadonna became one of the top Twitter trends in the UK.

Not sure who this Mad Donna woman is & why she's picking on @gradowrestling but everyone get her tweeted! @Madonna #SayYesMadonna

Martin Kirby@MKirbyProEgoFollow

Not sure who this Mad Donna woman is & why she's picking on @gradowrestling but everyone get her tweeted! @Madonna #SayYesMadonna

9:38 AM - 19 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Come on @Madonna be a mate and let @gradowrestling use the song. I'll personally give you ten pounds. #SayYesMadonna

Mad Man Manson@madmanmansonFollow

Come on @Madonna be a mate and let @gradowrestling use the song. I'll personally give you ten pounds. #SayYesMadonna

6:50 AM - 19 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Just going to point out that Grado is out-trending everything to do with WWE in the UK at the moment. #SayYesMadonna

Adam@GingerPimpernelFollow

Just going to point out that Grado is out-trending everything to do with WWE in the UK at the moment. #SayYesMadonna

2:36 AM - 19 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

.@Madonna Grado is the British equivilant of Hulk Hogan. Don't destroy the dreams of the Gradomaniacs. #sayyesmadonna @InsaneChampWres

Danny Stone@DannyStone1Follow

.@Madonna Grado is the British equivilant of Hulk Hogan. Don't destroy the dreams of the Gradomaniacs. #sayyesmadonna @InsaneChampWres

11:39 PM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Come on @Madonna Let @gradowrestling use the single best entrance music in the history of professional wrestling #SayYesMadonna

Dominic Wilkins@domwilkinsFollow

Come on @Madonna Let @gradowrestling use the single best entrance music in the history of professional wrestling #SayYesMadonna

11:24 PM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

If you could charge by the goosebumps then @gradowrestling's entrance would earn millions in royalties for @Madonna. #SayYesMadonna

Chris Brooker@TheBrookerManFollow

If you could charge by the goosebumps then @gradowrestling's entrance would earn millions in royalties for @Madonna. #SayYesMadonna

11:13 PM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nearly getting up time in the US, hopefully Madge's routine is a quick fag & a Coffee on her veranda and to check her Twitter #SayYesMadonna

GRADO@gradowrestlingFollow

Nearly getting up time in the US, hopefully Madge's routine is a quick fag & a Coffee on her veranda and to check her Twitter #SayYesMadonna

11:35 AM - 19 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Madonna's representatives for a comment on the campaign and we will update this post if we hear back.

Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North, has now asked the Scottish parliament to support Grado's campaign.

The motion has been backed by over a dozen other MSPs.

Cheers to Kenneth Gibson MSP for lodging a motion today in Scottish Parliament urging #SayYesMadonna @Madonna QUALITY! All MSPs should sign!

GRADO@gradowrestlingFollow

Cheers to Kenneth Gibson MSP for lodging a motion today in Scottish Parliament urging #SayYesMadonna @Madonna QUALITY! All MSPs should sign!

4:59 PM - 19 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

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