I agree in ref, In Street Fighter Wiki it gave off info stating.
According to the screenwriter, Phil Johnston, Zangief was a source of frustration for him when playing Street Fighter in his childhood. Of note is that Zangief has played the role of villain in a few spin-off appearances.
Yep, I realized that Zangief was a bit of a bad guy in a few spin-offs. His infamous line, "Quick, change the channel" in the live-action Street Fighter film comes to mind. And true, fighting Zangief, or any grappler in SF, is gosh-darned hard.