History of the Buried Alive Match
November 28, 2003 by Chris Chambers

In the WWF/E there has been quite a few Buried Alive Matches. The wrestlers that have competed in such a barbaric environment was somewhat immortalized because of the pain they gave and endured in the process of completing the match. I think that each wrestler that entered must have had guts of steel to wrestle in the match. I am gonna list all of the Buried Alive matches that has happened and briefly give my thoughts of each match.

Buried Alive 1....

The first Buried Alive Match was at IYH: Buried Alive on October 20, 1996, between Undertaker & Mankind. When Mankind debuted in 96, he made his name when he feuded with Undertaker. The Undertaker/Makind feud was strange and intense. These two had a lot of different matches including Boiler Room Brawl, the infamous Hell In A Cell, ect. But the most brutal and barbaric match those two had was Buried Alive. They basically brutalized each other and beat each other into a bloody pulp. The match was won by Mankind....who had some help from the Executioner (Terry Gordy). Mankind proved in the match that he was very sadistic.

Buried Alive 2....

The second Buried Alive Match was at Rock Bottom on December 13, 1998. Steve Austin's feud with the Undertaker at the time was when the ministry was in full force. The stipulations were if Austin won he would be eligable to get a spot in 99's Royal Rumble but if he lost he would not get another shot at the WWF Title. Austin had formed an alliance with Kane to help him to take on the Ministry. The match ended with Kane helping Austin win.

Buried Alive 3....

The third Buried Alive Match was on the September 9, 1999 edition of Smackdown!. It was for the WWF Tag Team Titles as the Rock'N'Sock connection defended the titles against Undertaker & Big Show. At this time Big Show was frustrated and Undertaker took him under his wing, so to speak, and Undertaker & Big Show became a devastating force. The Undertaker & Big Show made history by winning the tag team titles in the first ever tag team Buried Alive Match.

Buried Alive 4....

The fourth Buried Alive Match was at Survivor Series 2003....11/16/03....between Undertaker & Vince McMahon.This match was not only business but it was personal. I feel that the match had to happen to settle the score. Vince was running rough shot through everyone untill Undertaker seemingly the one man who could stop Vince. Vince ended up winning with Kanes help.

All I can say about the history of the Buried Alive Match is that it takes guts of steel to compete in a brutal and barbaric match. Another cool fact is that Undertaker was in each and every Buried Alive Match. I truly and sincerely believe in my heart as a true wrestling fan that the Buried Alive Matches has one way or another attributed a lot of success in Undertakers career.


Undertaker is supposed to come back as the "Dead Man" to feud with Kane. I personally would like to see Undertaker versus Kane at Wrestlemania XX (20) in a Hell In A Cell match. After all, Kane made his debut when Undertaker was competing in the first ever Hell In A Cell Match.

*Note* Goldberg Sucks *End Note*

by Chris Chambers..

Joe Joe writes:
I thought this was a nice breakdown of the History of Buried Alive Matches. I might be wrong but I think HHH and Austin also had some part in Buried Alive 3. Also Goldberg does suck.

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