Sasuke not only manages to penetrate Gaara’s Absolute Defense, but also injures him. This came as a surprise to Gaara; he has never been wounded, so he hastily stops his transformation and tries to mend the breach in the sand shield. Naruto, previously worried about his teammate’s life, is now jealous of him. Sasuke tries his best to pull his arm out of the trap, and when he succeeds, the monster’s paw is shown following him. Temari and Kankuro are shocked that Gaara may have already completed the transformation. The ball of sand crumbles, exposing the wounded Gaara in his human form. Which makes Sasuke wonder whose monstrous eye he saw inside the orb.
As Gaara’s injury ruins Sand and Sound’s original plans, their ninja try to go a different route. The entire stadium is covered in genjutsu, causing most of the audience to fall asleep. The Fourth Kazekage attacks the Third Hokage, beginning an attack on Konoha.