On the latest Grillin’ JR Podcast, Jim Ross explained how the competitors were able to breathe whilst being ‘buried alive’.
The Buried Alive match – of which there have been five in WWE – is a bout in which the only way to win is to throw your opponent in to a hole in the ground. Once in, the wrestler must then bury his opponent with dirt for the win.
Safety first, that was quite the structure, little underground tunnels and all that stuff.
I never got in there to see as I thought someone would rib my ass and shut the doors or something, so I didn’t investigate.
I thought it might have been a little gimmick-y. It’s hard to suspend your disbelief in that environment, and again not because of Mick or Taker, because of how they were being utilised and how they were being booked.
I thought was a little challenging for everybody to have the match that they wanted but again, you go back and look at the other side of it, glass half-full, ‘well we never done one before, it’s a brand new deal’.
The Undertaker has appeared in all five of the past Buried Alive matches, the match-type now synonymous with the Deadman. His record in the match however isn’t as grand, with Taker only winning two (against Mankind and Rock ‘N Sock Connection).
Although not ‘exactly’ a Buried Alive match, The Undertaker did take the victory over AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36 in the fantastically entertaining Boneyard Match by burying Styles in a hole in the ground.