I've inverted & returned to shape quite a few cymbals (including rides) and personally have never experienced a change in pitch. I have found some to sound more "open" afterward. Best of luck & please be careful!
I’ve had good luck fixing crash edge bends using a wooden headed hammer with a ride cymbal as an anvil.
Invert the ride & place it on a mattress or other soft surface. Put a towel on it & then the crash. Hammer out as much as you can of the bend, then pop the bent cymbal inside out & do it...
I too like heat but it should have body & flavour.
Tabasco Green is my go-to but there are so many good ones out there!
I really like spicy ketchups, too.
Heinz Jalapeño is great (if you can find it) & Sir Kensington’s Spicy is darn good.