Zangief is a power character designed to take hits and deal that damage right back at the opponent once he gets in close. He does not need to get up close to instill fear - just him being Zangief immediately sets off warning signs to the opponent. Tiers > SF5 > Zangief Zangief's Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition tier match ups.
Kenny Omega was inspired by this guy. R. Mika - 5.6 Worst Match. Grapples, however, are not his only forte. Skills: Resistance to cold. Street Fighter Zangief. Zangief is the original pro-wrestler / powerhouse of Street Fighter.

Occupation: Pro wrestler. Vote for Zangief's tiers » Popularity. Iron Cyclone. Poison - 4.1 Vote for tiers.

This is what it "feels like" to play a grappler in a fighting game... it's fun doing a 360 motion. Gief put "360 throws" on the map, in terms of how the move is performed on a controller. Fight style: Mix of Russian and American pro wrestling. Best Match. He single-handedly made the spinning piledriver a legendary pro wrestling move. Zangief does big damage so getting dinged up a little while getting in is ok, so long as you make wise decisions once you're in.