A positive aspect to the brand split was the opportunity it would create for women on the roster, as they were spread out between Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live. But that only applies to those who are already there, of which there are, quite simply, not many.
Sasha Banks, during an interview on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, laid out the issue with it (HT: Wrestling Inc):
"I think it's good that we're split and more opportunities can happen for women, but we really don't have enough women. Like, I wrestle the same people every single week, Dana Brooke or Charlotte, Charlotte, Dana Brooke. There [are] only six of us and I think that's the hardest part, just we need more faces on RAW. ... I think in due time [a Bayley feud will happen], but other than that, I mean, Natalya's on SmackDown, but I haven't really had a good feud with her and I would love to wrestle her. Naomi, Carmella, Alexa [Bliss], everyone that's on SmackDown. Dammit."
When looking at the WWE roster page, there are only nine women who are active wrestlers but that includes Paige and Summer Rae, both out with injury, and Lana, who acts a manager to Rusev and rarely wrestles. It does not include Emmalina, however, who is scheduled to make her return imminently.
Meanwhile, there are 41 men.
With three hours of television to fill each week, there’s no reason they couldn’t bring in more women to find some balance.