Trust and believe I’ve done some really, really dumb stuff under the influence of alcohol. At various points in my life I’ve also done stuff I wouldn’t normally do just so my friends couldn’t call me a “wimp” (or some less PC insult... I’m a Gen X-er, we casually threw around some pretty despicable terms in the 80s and 90s).
What I’ve never done, though? Take steps to legally change my name on a dare.
The tale of 23 year old Englishman John Cena is even stranger than that, though. Here’s how the restaurant worker formerly known as Lewis Oldfield explained it to The Sun:
“We’d had a few drinks and were play-wrestling. We were just messing around, pretending to do announcements like in WWE and one of my friends was introducing John Cena.
“One thing led to another and they dared me to change my name to John Cena.
“I was going to get a tattoo saying it but did this instead. I always follow through with dares so I just did it. I’m not even a wrestling fan!”
Oldfield, er, I mean Cena, made the change via a deed poll, which Google tells me is a legal document, but doesn’t complete the process of legally changing your name until it’s been “enrolled”. The Sun article doesn’t specify if Cena has done that yet, but he says:
“I actually don’t mind the name so I’m going to keep it.”
Don’t try this at home, kids.