The performers set the stage for what the match was going to be like early, with flips over the top rope onto the competitors outside the ring for all, culminating in a huge elbow off a 20-foot ladder by Dean Ambrose.
Even though there were 12 ladders set out around the ring, Stardust had his own, encrusted with sparkly rhinestones. He never got to use it to climb towards the title, and the rhinestones went flying off when Ambrose blasted Luke Harper with it.
Stardust had the first real great shot at climbing for the title, but got stuffed by Wade Barrett, who then proceeded to superplex him off the top. Bryan and Dolph Ziggler tried their luck shortly afterwards, but Ambrose pushed them off the top. For his efforts, Ambrose later got power bombed through ladders by Harper.
It looked like Barrett was going to capitalize, as he hit bull hammer elbows on R-Truth, Harper and Ziggler. Bryan stopped him, but was thrown off the ladder, then hit Barrett with a flying knee. That left Bryan and Ziggler to fight for the title on top of the ladder.
They traded blows with their hands on the belt, including a series of headbutts. Bryan came out on top, knocking Ziggler off the top, and ripped down the strap to win his first Intercontinental Championship.