Mmmmmm.... yes and no.
The movie begins and ends during the timeframe of WWE. However, in the in-between time you go quite a bit farther back. If jms himself thinks it's fine to watch it first, that will probably hold true for a great many otehr folks. I'd still disagree with them.
"It's not so much that it's 'shut down' as the government has been rebooted into safe mode."
- Tim and Daniel Shamblin