In Your House 11: Buried Alive featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that were played out on Monday Night Raw and other World Wrestling Federation television programs. Wrestlers portrayed a villain or a hero as they followed a series of events that built tension, and culminated into a wrestling match or series of matches. The focal point of the event was a long running storyline feud between The Undertaker and Mankind that had been evolving since the summer of 1996 when the Undertaker's manager turned on him and teamed up with Mankind to fight Undertaker. The two had already faced off in a Boiler Room Brawl at the 1996 SummerSlam that was won as Bearer sided with Mankind. In order to settle the storyline between the two the "Buried Alive match" was devised, playing off the characters of both the Undertaker and Paul Bearer as the only way to win the match was to throw their opponent into an open grave and then shovel dirt on the grave.
During the event, Jim Ross, who was in the middle of a storyline where he turned "heel" as a commentator, grew increasingly irritated as his headset went through notable legitmate technical difficulties through out the event. Several times he would comment that the WWF was trying to keep him from voicing his opinions, all of which was part of the storyline.
The Undertaker would later "return from the grave" and continue his storyline against Mankind and Paul Bearer, including a match at the subsequent In Your House show where he defeated the Executioner in a Armageddon Rules match. The feud with Mankind continued off and on for several years, including a very high profile Hell in a Cell at the 1998 King of the Ring.
Due to his victory over Vader, Sycho Sid earned a match against WWF Champion Shawn Michaels, defeating him in the main event of the 1996 Survivor Series to win his first ever WWF Championship.