by Peter Rugg
St. Jo's Little Kato (or Chris Dube, as it says on his birth certificate) has been to the top of the wrestling world. At the height of his career as a midget wrestler with the WWE, he performed before thousands of people in Madison Square Garden.
Kato didn't stay with the company long. In this week's feature ("Little Bastard"), Kato claims that one reason he and his father, Lord Littlebrook, left the company was because they complained about inappropriate advances from WWE matchmaker Pat Patterson. The WWE didn't respond to the claim before this week's edition went to press, but company representatives are now denying Kato's story.
According to WWE spokesman Robert Zimmerman, who contacted The Pitch Tuesday, the WWE's individual contracts with Tovey and Dube ran from September 1987 to September 1989. Zimmerman denies any wrongdoing on the part of Pat Patterson; he adds that previous allegations against Patterson, made by other parties, were proved false.
"We're going back 20 years, and no one here has any recollection about any kind of complaint from Dube or Tovey," Zimmerman says. "There's nothing in these files in regards to any kind of complaint. So, to the best of our recollection, their contracts ended, and they just weren't renewed."
Whatever the truth of Dube's WWE career, he's doing fine now in the Half-Pint Brawlers. The group has weekend shows booked through the end of the year and won't perform in Kansas City again until October.