Sasuke Uchiha finally shows up at the stadium. The announcer informs him that despite being late, he was not disqualified, as his fight with Gaara was moved to the very end. Naruto informs Sasuke that he didn’t lose the match to Neji Hyuga, and that Sasuke should do the same because he wants to fight him. Naruto and Shikamaru leave the arena. Meanwhile, Rock Lee, seeing that Naruto has defeated Neji and Sasuke will fight Gaara, whom he did not defeat, is upset that he cannot now continue his shinobi journey. Gaara descends into the arena, killing two ninja along the way who wanted to make him lose the battle over stakes. Seeing what Gaara has done, Naruto and Shikamaru freeze in horror as he passes them. If it weren’t for those ninja that got in the way, Gaara could have killed them himself.