A professional wrestler from Scotland is causing a stir with a social media campaign begging Madonna to let him use ‘Like A Prayer’ as his theme tune.
Grado’s #SayYesMadonna Twitter hashtag was one of the top trending topics in the UK on Thursday morning alongside EastEnders’ 30th anniversary Lucy Beale murder storyline and the Chinese New Year.
Real name Graeme Stevely, Grado is due to wrestle on American television on Friday night and always uses the iconic Madonna hit as his entrance music.
But when he asked the ‘Queen of Pop’ for permission to use ‘Like A Prayer’ on TV, she said no.
Wrestling fans were outraged and have taken to Twitter to persuade Madge to change her mind.
They have been bombarding Madonna with tweets using the #SayYesMadonna handle.
BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat and TIME Magazine have also taken up the cause.
Grado also released a light-hearted YouTube video in an effort to get the singer on side.
The cheeky grappler told her that he, his sister and his mum are all fans of Madonna.
“I know you’ve got a wee bit of a problem yourself with the BBC right now...I could maybe try to help you with that as well...we could stick together,” he joked, referring to BBC Radio 1’s decision not to playlist Madonna’s latest track ‘Living For Love’.
Famed for wearing a baseball cap and bum bag to the ring, Grado has become a cult hero on the small-time UK wrestling circuit thanks to a series of comical YouTube videos in 2012 playing off his underdog status.
The 26-year-old then became one of Scotland’s most popular personalities thanks to roles on BBC1’s ‘Insane Fight Club’, police drama ‘River City’ and Scottish TV sitcom ‘Scot Squad’.
The self-styled “chubby wee chancer” from Stevenston, Ayrshire then appeared on Challenge TV’s TNA British Bootcamp reality show - an X Factor for wrestlers - in 2014.
This led to him having a main event match at the Glasgow Hydro in January against veteran American star Al Snow, which was filmed for TNA Impact Wrestling on Challenge.
The bout will be aired on Friday on the US ‘Destination America’ channel, then on Challenge this Sunday night at 9pm.
‘Like A Prayer’ is a major part of Grado’s act, as wrestling fans clap, cheer and sing along to it as he dances to the ring for his bouts.
TNA were negotiating with publishers to get the rights to play it on TV, but on Wednesday were told the request had been “denied on behalf of Madonna”.
Grado wrestled at The Globe Arena, home of Morecambe Football Club, last July and took time to pose with the town’s Eric Morecambe Statue.
He was set to fly to Canada on Thursday to wrestle in Toronto this Saturday night.