I'm not trying to start a flame war, nor trying to find an excuse for losing to zangief players. But, a few months ago when I was playing championship mode I started to play as zangief after playing with c.viper for about a month, and after playing for 2 days I got to G2 on a fresh account after being stuck in G1 forever with c.viper. I'm not really that good at fighting games, I still have trouble with links that are less than 3 frames wide, but I sort of understand the mind games part of the genre.
So I was wondering, is zangief really easy to win with, or did I just find a character that suited my style better? I'm not really that in tuned to the SF4 community, so I don't really know which characters have a reputation of being cheap, other than sagat.