From how gentle it sounds like you were being, there's more than likely nothing wrong with the CPU. They're tougher than you think. Bend a pin? Grab a razer blade or credit card and bend it back.
As far as the suction of the cooler goes, try a twisting motion next time. Just twist and lift the cooler. AMD CPUs can get pulled out of the socket with the cooler and twisting helps break the suction a little bit. Especially after the cooler has been on for a while.