John Cena wore a special pair of Air Force 1s into the ring at Wrestlemania 39. These kicks honor Kowloon, a famous Boston Chinese restaurant.
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John Cena Wore Custom Shoes Honoring a Boston Chinese Restaurant at WrestleMania 39

WrestleMania 39 happened this weekend in Los Angeles, and there are a multitude of storylines to follow up on. The post-game topics for the Showcase of the Immortals usually focuses on in-match moves or chicanery that led to a heel being victorious over a crowd-favorite face.

Fashion choices are not an area that typically garners a lot of attention, but that wasn't the case on the first night of this year's show. In the very first match, John Cena came to the ring for his match with U.S. champion Austin Theory with some surprising footwear.

We have seen wrestlers "promote" food establishments before, such as with Brock Lesnar's Jimmy John's shorts. However, Cena's decision to wear Kowloon restaurant sneakers was motivated much more by his fondness for a favorite eatery than expanding his bank account.

So, what exactly is the Kowloon, and why is it so beloved by WWE superstars?

The Kowloon Restaurant: A North Shore Massachusetts Staple

The Kowloon restaurant is located on Route 1 in Saugus, Massachusetts. The establishment serves Cantonese, Szechuan, Thai and Japanese cuisine seven days a week. Initially called The Mandarin House when it opened in 1950, the name was changed to Kowloon when Madeline and William Wong bought the place in 1958. The Kowloon has been in the Wong family ever since.

Visiting the restaurant has served as a rite of passage for residents on the North Shore of Massachusetts for 65 years. However, the Kowloon will see the restaurant's space severely reduced in the near future. The family has decided to use some of the restaurant's massive area to construct two separate residential buildings.

The restaurant's current, 1,200-seat capacity will go down to roughly 350 seats when construction is completed, according to the owners.

As can be expected, this news was not met with an outpouring of support from fans of the Kowloon. It's an understandable decision by the Wong family considering the financial implications of getting into the real estate game. But the restaurant's visitors won't be cut into those profits and will be getting a diet version of a beloved spot from now on.

Appreciation for the restaurant will only continue to rise as the construction dates get closer. Sway from blueswaydshoes recently designed the version of Nike's Air Force 1 sneakers that Cena wore to show his affinity for the Kowloon.

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Cena's hometown of West Newbury is a little over 30 minutes away from Saugus. Wearing the Kowloon sneakers to kick off WrestleMania was a show of love for his home state kind of like NFL players saying their high school's name in the Sunday Night Football introductions.

Cena is not the only wrestler who is a fan of the Kowloon restaurant, though. Over the years, it has become one of the most popular places for WWE talent to visit when their tours come to the Boston area. Owner Andy Wong once said in an interview, "After beating each other up all night, they just want to, like, hang out and maybe have a mai tai and grab some Poo Poo Platters."

And in the end, isn't that what we all want?

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